When it comes to employment law, status does matter!

Getting to grips with the legal status of those who “work” in your organisation can be confusing. For example, are they actually an employee? It’s important to get right because different types of working create different obligations and rights, and one way we should seek to honour God is by properly honouring our obligations to … Read more …

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The risks of reopening church

With places of worship now permitted to open with restrictions, churches need to decide if they can safely open again for worship purposes. While we as church families understandably long to meet again in person, there are serious risks to consider, and real consequences for not assessing or mitigating those risks satisfactorily. What do we … Read more …

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A church’s next chapter

Emmanuel Evangelical Church in Newport, Wales has quite a remarkable history – the original fellowship was formed off the back of an open-air sermon by Charles Haddon Spurgeon, was part of the spiritual revival years at the beginning of the twentieth century, and welcomed Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones to speak at the opening of their current … Read more …

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Members’ meetings and voting under lockdown

If your church or organisation is a CIO or a charitable company, the government’s Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act – which came into force on 26th June 2020 – has implications for you, in particular your requirements for members’ meetings and voting procedures. We recommend you read this article with our free advice note on … Read more …

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Employers Factsheet

What do I need to know regarding “Furloughed Workers”? On Friday 20 March, the government announced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). Under the Scheme, it will be possible for employers (including churches and charities) to be reimbursed some costs where staff are designated “furloughed workers” and meet the terms of the Scheme. This is … Read more …

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Kindness Matters

This year’s UK mental health awareness week theme is kindness. Centring on the small acts of kindness that have been so important and heartening to hear of throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the message is clear: kindness is good. Really good. Or to give it it’s hashtag, #kindnessmatters. You don’t have to argue this much – … Read more …

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Edward Connor welcomes two new trustees

Last week we were really pleased to confirm the appointment to our Board of Trustees of Kevin Appleton and Richard West. Below, you can read a bit more about both Kevin and Richard, including a brief Q&A to get to know their journeys a little more. Our trustees play a vital role in steering and … Read more …

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Redundancy – resources for Christian employers

It is clear that recent events will have a huge impact on the UK economy. With churches being closed and many people being furloughed with a reduction in pay, churches and other Christian organisations are likely to see a reduction in financial giving over the next few months. One of the unfortunate consequences of the … Read more …

Statutory right to time off for bereaved parents

Naturally upon the tragedy of losing a child, churches and other Christian organisations would want to pastorally care for their employees. There may be many ways that pastoral support is offered and in terms of time away from work, this is likely to have taken the form of compassionate leave. Compassionate leave is discretionary and … Read more …

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Can a furloughed employee volunteer?

A key question for churches and Christian organisations, many of whom rely upon volunteers, is “Can our furloughed employee do voluntary work for us?” What we know What we do know is that the government is trying to avoid a situation where an employee is on furlough leave, being paid by the government but still … Read more …