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Members’ meetings and voting under lockdown

On 26th June 2020, the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act came into force, making temporary changes to the governance and regulation of incorporated organisations, due to COVID-19 restrictions. This included relaxing the position on general meetings, allowing companies and CIOs more flexibility on when to hold them and how to hold them. With the period … Read more …

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Time to check the new-look Charity Commission register

If you are a registered charity, details of your charity appear on the Charity Commission’s public register, available online. On 3 September, the Commission launched the latest version of the online register, which now contains more information than ever about each charity.   In particular, the register now includes details taken from your charity’s annual … Read more …

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GDPR: Handling subject access requests

The GDPR modified the right of individuals to access data held about them.  Here is a basic guide on what to do if you receive a Subject Access Request (SAR). Is the request valid?  Requests can be either verbal or written.  The request need not refer to the legislation or even say it is a … Read more …

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Our Analysis of the Cornerstone Judgment

The Cornerstone Judgment raises important questions for Christian organisations, such as Edward Connor Solicitors, who are seeking to conduct themselves in accordance with their beliefs, whilst obeying the law prohibiting unlawful discrimination. The full judgment can be read here. It is lengthy and we have written this article to clarify the key issues and principles, … Read more …

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 …

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 …