Stone King Charity Essentials - January 2020

In this edition;

  • Workplace Mediation - an olive branch for colleagues in conflict
  • Charity Fraud: Lessons from a recent case
  • Statutory employment law changes to watch out for in 2020
  • Reporting serious incidents to the Charity Commission - guidance on reporting when it involves a partner
  • Reminder: Use of public display names
  • Stone King's Charity and Trustee Training programme
Workplace Mediation - an olive branch for colleagues in conflict

Charities are typically staffed by dedicated and like-minded people who are happy to go the extra mile for the sake of the chosen aims of the organisation.  However charity workers are people and therefore charities are not immune from conflict between colleagues.  Some conflict within the workplace can be positive creating cultures that are open to challenging established thinking and allow healthy debate.

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Charity Fraud: Lessons from a recent case

In the recent case of Pebbles Media Group v Patricia Reilly, a Court of Sessions judge rejected a claim from Peebles Media to recover over £107,000 from a former employee, Patricia Reilly, after she made a series of online payments as the firm’s credit controller following fraudulent emails.

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Statutory employment law changes to watch out for in 2020

In addition to the employment and Brexit legislation announced in the Queens Speech, outlined here, 2020 is set to be a busy year for employment law changes, with some key developments outlined below.

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Reporting serious incidents to the Charity Commission - guidance on reporting when it involves a partner

The Commission has published guidance for charity trustees on when to report incidents involving the charity’s partners as a serious incident. Broadly, the guidance says that trustees should make a serious incident report when an incident has occurred involving one of the charity’s partners in the UK or internationally, which materially affects the charity, its staff, operations, finances and/or reputation, such that it is serious enough to be reported.

Reminder: Use of public display names

The legal names of all charity trustees of registered charities will be displayed to the public on the register from 1st April 2020 with the public display name feature being removed. Trustees can apply for dispensation from the Charity Commission but must do so by 1st March. The Commission accepts applications for individual and whole board dispensations, though the latter is less common.

Stone King's Charity and Trustee Training programme

We have developed our training programme to equip Charity Trustees and members of Senior Management Teams with the knowledge needed to carry out your roles effectively. Our Charity Essentials programme offers a number of introductory sessions across various locations in the UK.

For further information on dates and locations, please click here.

The law and practice referred to in this article has been paraphrased or summarised. It might not be up-to-date with changes in the law and we do not guarantee the accuracy of any information provided at the time of reading. It should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice in relation to a specific set of circumstances.

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