Viewing: Legal Updates
BWB regular legal updates, newsletters and bulletins
Registering your organisation’s name as a trade mark allows you to stop someone else using the same or a similar name in a comparable field to yours. This can be a very powerful legal right, and one that can often be obtained easily and cheaply. However, many charities do not see it as a priority.
Employers have common law and statutory duties relating to the health and safety of their employees, volunteers, contractors and visitors. In particular, the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (“HSA”) provides that an employer must maintain a safe working environment, and provide information and training to employees on reducing the risks posed by any hazards. Lucy McLynn discusses aspects of health and safety law.
Opportunities for children’s services innovators: funding applications and consultation on future inspection >
Earlier this year it was announced that the Children and Social Work Bill would herald an overhaul of social work and children’s services.
For further reflections on what the EU referendum result means for our sector, today's briefing includes a link to a summary of key points from BWB's seminar/discussion held last week.
Lucy McLynn discusses the Working Time Regulations 1998 (“WTR”), which provide some important rights for all workers in the UK (apart from the genuinely self-employed who are working on a business-client basis, and certain narrow categories of workers who are exempt from some provisions).
In this week's Briefing: the Charity Commission has published its annual report, the new Fundraising Regulator has officially launched and the Social Finance Global Network has launched its latest white paper, Social Impact Bonds: The Early Years.
Judicial review reforms: Charities not to be exempt from requirements on financial information disclosure >
The government has published its response to its consultation on the implementation of judicial review reforms which will require claimants bringing a judicial review to provide certain financial information.
All workers including agency workers and former workers and also job applicants are protected from discrimination in, and in the context of, the “employment” (in this broad sense) on grounds of "protected characteristics". Lucy McLynn outlines the principle forms of discrimination.
In this week's Briefing, updates relating to the recent EU referendum result; the Charity Commission has begun a consultation on its new warning power; and Big Society Capital has published the results of research carried out by New Philanthropy Capital in social investment tax relief.
All eligible workers in the UK are entitled to a minimum level wage for every hour that they work. This includes all employees but extends considerably further, including to casual workers and agency workers. Lucy McLynn outlines the current wage rates and work for which Minimum Wage must be paid.
Post Brexit – what does it mean? See the EU Referendum section of today’s Briefing. Also updates from OSCR and Foundation for Social Improvement.
In our latest Charity and Social Enterprise Update, the client focus is on Syria Relief, a charity providing support and care to Syrian refugees and those internally displaced as a result of the ongoing conflict.
Under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998, workers who make a disclosure about unlawful activity are protected from detriment and termination of their employment because of making that disclosure. Lucy McLynn outlines the types of whistleblowing and legal protections for whistleblowers.
This week's Briefing highlights new reporting requirements for companies, updates on Brexit and the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts has published a report on personal budgets in social care.
From 30 June 2016 a change to company reporting procedures will mean that all companies, including charitable companies limited by guarantee and CICs, need to be ready to file their register of people with significant control – or PSC register - with Companies House.
Where an employer proposes to dismiss as redundant 20 or more employees at one establishment within a period of 90 days or less, it must consult on the proposed redundancies for a minimum of 30 days.
There are various types of ‘family friendly’ leave, of which maternity and paternity are the most common. Family friendly leave is governed by prescriptive rules regarding who is entitled to take such leave, and Anna Worthington outlines when and how it may be taken and how it should be paid.
This week's briefing includes updates from the Charity Commission, new reporting requirements for charities funded by investments (Common Reporting Standard) and recent data protection updates.