2016 will see a range of elections across the UK, together with the likelihood of a referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union. Organisations with an interest in the outcomes of these votes should be considering now how to navigate the complex rules that regulate participation in these campaigns.
In this week's Briefing, the Charity Commission has issued new versions of three key pieces of financial guidance for trustees and the Prime Minister has announced plans to require universities to publish statistical data on admissions by gender, class and ethnic background.
Employment contracts often change during employment, for example, when the employee gets a pay rise or promotion. These types of changes are consensual and cause no problems. But how can employers effect changes that the employee may not want?
Paul Seath outlines the procedures to follow and examines recent case law for guidance.
The Government has, of today (01 February 2016), launched the Right to Rent Scheme (the “Scheme”) nationwide. All landlords of privately rented property or their agents are required to check that new tenants have a legal right to be in the UK before renting the properties.
The Stephen Lloyd Awards Committee today announced they are now open for entries to the 2016 Stephen Lloyd Awards. The aim of the awards, in line with Stephen’s own approach, is to help create success by finding and nurturing innovative ideas and projects that can lead to practical, sustainable social change. The awards committee is particularly interested in supporting ideas that address social problems at a systemic level.
A recent case at the Employment Appeal Tribunal highlights the potential problems when HR inappropriately intervenes in the outcome
of a disciplinary process. Lucy McLynn examines the implications of Ramphal v Department for Transport 
Pippa Garland has written an article highlighting how couples who embark on philanthropic ventures could find themselves in an unwanted bind if they fail to take a safety-first approach.
In this week's Briefing, the House of Commons Parliamentary and Constitutional Affairs Committee has published its report into what it describes as the “2015 fundraising controversy”.
Rosamund McCarthy has been quoted in a Third Sector article which highlights how the charitable status of some think tanks may have become controversial.
Rosamund McCarthy has been quoted in Third Sector in response to the proposed amendments to the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill.
The vexed issue of what amounts to consent to be contacted for fundraising purposes will now be examined by an NCVO Working Group on “‘Opt In’ Fundraising”. See today’s Briefing for details.
On Tuesday of this week, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) gave judgement, in the case of Bărbulescu v. Romania, that it was not unlawful for an employer to monitor an employee’s personal communications at work. This decision has been reported widely in the UK national press as condoning snooping by an employer on workers’ private emails and messages. Anna Worthington discusses the key issues in this area.