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Health and safety in a post-COVID-19 world

Please note this is a guest article written by an external Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner. Edward Connor Solicitors do not have expertise to advise directly on Health and Safety matters. See below for how to access specialist support in this area.   Why must health and safety remain part of our operations? If previously health … Read more …

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Loneliness

We reflect on this year’s theme for Mental Health Awareness Week… How do you foster togetherness in a staff team who don’t all work in the same office? Enter a global pandemic, and what was up until that point a rumbling challenge for ECS suddenly became a daily battle. A battle for efficiency and good … Read more …

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Taking on staff for the first time

“The Lord God put the man in the garden of Eden to care for it and work it.” Genesis 2:15 (NCV) This article is aimed at churches and other organisations who are engaging staff for the first time. It sets out the key basic areas you need to be on top of when engaging someone … Read more …

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An end to the Statutory Sick Pay COVID-19 amendment

As part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government amended the rules relating to Statutory Sick Pay, so that individuals who were self-isolating or shielding were automatically deemed to be incapable of work and therefore entitled to receive Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). The 3 “waiting days” before someone would be eligible for SSP … Read more …

Charity emails – 6 common issues trustees should be aware of

Despite the availability of many other forms of electronic communication, email usage has never been higher, and it remains a key way of conducting business for charities. There are a number of risks and pitfalls to be aware of though when it comes to using email in your trustee duties for your church or charitable … Read more …

National Minimum Wage 2022: changes that may affect you

From 1 April 2022, the National Living Wage (NLW) and the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates will increase. All workers, except those who are genuinely self-employed, are entitled to receive the NLW or the NMW, as appropriate to their age or circumstances. It is important therefore to ensure that the wages you pay your employees … Read more …

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Beyond COVID-19: Thinking biblically about hybrid church members’ meetings

In response to lockdown restrictions and ongoing concern for people’s health, many churches have been holding their general meetings online – either amending their constitutions to allow for this, or (when it was in force from June 2020 to March 2021) making use of the Government’s emergency legislation. Some churches will have struggled with online … Read more …

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Client Stories

It is a privilege and a joy to directly support the work of our gospel partners. Providing Christ-centred legal advice to those on the front line of Christian ministry is our great mission. Gospel work can often seem trivial and go unseen, but we want to showcase how ministries are moving forward and flourishing through … Read more …

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Caring for the carers – a new statutory right for unpaid carers

The government has published its response to the 2020 consultation on carer’s leave, confirming its intention to introduce a new statutory right for unpaid carers to take up to one week (five working days) of unpaid leave per year when Parliamentary time allows. The right will apply in England, Wales and Scotland. Caring for the … Read more …