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Statement on Her Majesty the Queen

The staff and Trust Board at Edward Connor Solicitors join the nation in mourning the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and send our sincere condolences to the Royal Family. We give thanks for Her Majesty’s strong Christian faith, and for how her love of the Lord God translated itself into a caring and … Read more …

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Bullying and harassment responsibilities for trustees

This month, the Charity Commission released a report clarifying respective responsibilities in preventing and responding to incidents of bullying and harassment in charities. The report made clear that trustees have a central role to play to ensure that charities have clear policies on dealing with bullying and harassment, and that allegations must be handled appropriately … Read more …

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Supreme Court decision on holiday pay

Some employees and workers have contracts that cover the whole holiday year, but they are only required to work part of the year. For example, someone who has a zero hours contract may end up working and be paid for just a few weeks over the year, or someone may be engaged long term in … Read more …

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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 …