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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 Job Retention Scheme – Employers Factsheet

Do I need to consider having “Furloughed Workers”? On Friday 19 March, the government announced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). Under this scheme, it will be possible for employers to be reimbursed some staff costs where they are designated “furloughed workers” and meet the terms of the Scheme. This will be a new legal … 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 …

The Good Work Plan – will it impact us?

Are you confident who within your organisation or church is an employee, worker or volunteer? It’s time to try and work out who is who because things are about to change in a big way for those classified as “workers”. As a result of “The Good Work Plan” initiative, legal changes will be impacting employment … Read more …

Do I need to advertise a role outside my organisation?

Whilst there is clearly a benefit to a church or other Christian organisation in employing staff with minimum fuss and expense, there are also risks. Employers are subject to various anti-discrimination laws. These laws afford protection from discrimination on the grounds of their: Age Sex Race or ethnic origin Sexual orientation Religion or belief Disability … Read more …

Church Legal Compliance Checklist

The Charity Commission. Employment law. Property Regulations. Data Protection. Sometimes complying with the law can seem complicated and burdensome to churches. We’re here to help. We at Edward Connor Solicitors understand that churches want to be legally compliant as part of their service to Jesus and we want to help you to do this faithfully. … Read more …

What are a charity’s reporting obligations to the Charity Commission?

A charity’s reporting and accounting obligations to the Charity Commission will depend on a number of factors including whether the charity is exempt or excepted from registration, whether the charity is a company, the charity’s gross annual income, and the value of the charity’s assets.  (Note that this Article only deals with a charity’s obligations … Read more …

Are you ready to register with the Charity Commission?

Many smaller churches which are affiliated to the FIEC or another umbrella body specified in the Charities (Exception from Registration) Regulations 1996 (the ‘Excepting Regulations’), are currently excepted from the requirement to register with the Charity Commission.  The Commission has previously indicated that the Excepting Regulations will come to an end in March 2021, and … Read more …

How to work well with your lawyers

Our purpose at Edward Connor Solicitors is to serve Jesus through serving his people. We’re here to help churches and Christian organisations to run well and comply with the law, and we understand the particular legal issues that Christian charities and churches face.  We do our best to serve our clients, but there are things you can do to work … Read more …