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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 …

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Employers Factsheet

Do I need to consider having “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 a … Read more …

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Stories

Have we supported you and your ministry through Christ-centred legal expertise? We want to showcase the work God is doing through us and our partnership with our clients, and so we want to share your story! Gospel work can often seem trivial and go unseen, but we want to showcase how ministries are moving forward … Read more …

Making decisions as trustees during COVID-19

What are the Biblical principles that will underpin your church or charity’s decision-making through this challenging time? In what ways might the challenges bring you closer to God and each other? In this article we think through some of these questions, as well as pointing you to substantial further guidance in the area of meeting … Read more …

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – advice for employers and employees

Updated: 24 March 2020 The development of the Coronavirus has been covering news headlines recently, understandably raising general concern. What will its impact be on places of employment? What do employers and employees need to know? The following is a general guide.  Edward Connor has produced a specific policy for employers, which can be purchased … Read more …

Why choose a Christian lawyer?

When your church needs to have some work done, there are many factors to consider. Who gives best value for money? Who will do the job well? How can we glorify God in this? How can we look after the resources that God has given us? When it comes to legal work, the questions that … Read more …