Charities that carry out investigative work or campaigning are able to use the 'journalism exemption' from the Data Protection Act, according to the latest guidance from the Information Commissioner's Office.
Melanie Carter quoted in Third Sector: Government defends proposals for changes to judicial review costs >
Charities and other bodies that intervene in such cases would have to pay costs incurred by other parties if the Criminal Justices and Courts Bill passes into law unamended.
Charities and campaigning organisations will be pleased to learn that the ICO has acknowledged that they can be exempted from most of the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), when they handle personal information in order to publish certain reports and other materials.
Melanie Carter quoted in Civil Society: Electoral Commission 'climbing down' over guidance on the Lobbying Act >
The Electoral Commission has been forced into a climbdown over its guidance on the Lobbying Act, according to an alliance of organisations who campaigned for changes to the rules.
To avoid being caught by the provisions of the Lobbying Act, charities need to take care about the distinction between employee and volunteer time.
Department for Business, Innovation & Skills publishes new guide on parents’ right to time off to accompany expectant mothers to ante-natal appointments
BWB's Charity & Social Enterprise team provide highlights of this week's Charity website announcements.
The Electoral Commission's guidance on the subject of the Lobbying Act has had only a lukewarm reception, it is reported in the Third Sector.
What do you as an employer need to know about the new shared parental leave? With the new right to shared parental leave coming into force on 5 April 2015, future parents will have an expected week of childbirth after that date from now onwards, and they will want to be fully informed about their rights as employees.
The Theatre Tax Relief came into effect on Monday, 1 September 2014, at last giving theatre and other live performances similar tax breaks to those enjoyed by the film industry.
In the Third Delegated Legislation Committee the Draft Community Interest Company Regulations have been released.
Lucy McLynn, Employment Partner at BWB, discusses the pitfalls of pre-termination negotiation conversations and how to avoid them.
The Law Society Gazette - Simon Steeden asks if heated political rhetoric is damaging campaigning charities >
Simon Steeden discusses political rhetoric by campaigning charities.
Some not-for-profits have fallen foul of the rules on broadcast ads, but how were the decisions made?
Bates Wells Braithwaite has been working with Acevo, the NGO association Bond and 38 Degrees to gain more clarification on the Lobbying Act.
Tributes and messages have been pouring in for Stephen Lloyd, much loved and respected former Senior Partner at Bates Wells Braithwaite, who has died following a boating accident on holiday in Wales last week.
Removal of asset lock on dividends from CICs 'will encourage social investment', say lawyers - Third Sector >
Third Sector have published an article reporting on the new legislation which makes it possible for community interest companies to pay dividends of more than 20 per cent of their share value to individual shareholders in one year.
Third Sector reports on BWB's recent submission to the Electoral Commission on improvements that could be made to the new guidance.
Last week the EDP reported how Norfolk’s long-distance trails the Weavers’ Way and Paston Way will receive a £500 000 financial boost. However, there is a growing concern that only one place will benefit from this investment while other public rights of way across Norfolk are being left to become haggard and unusable.
BWB's Public and Regulatory and Charity and Social Enterprise teams have made some practical suggestions to the Electoral Commission on the new guidance.