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Employment Law Advice for Charities - VWV Law Firm

Employees & volunteers

Employment law advice for charities

A charity's employees are one of its key assets. And those charities which are capable of mobilising volunteers have an asset which is often just as valuable. Like all assets, the value of employees and volunteers to a charity will depend upon how effectively they are managed; to get the best from them, but also to minimise the risks posed by the often complex legal framework which applies.

We provide a comprehensive range of legal support to charities in relation to their employees and volunteers.

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Charity employment policies & procedures

We understand the challenges faced by charities both in managing workplace issues and also keeping up to date with employment legislation and case law changes. Policies and procedures are important in any workplace, to set out the standards of conduct required of employees and also to provide them with a guide on how things are done; and defending employment tribunal proceedings as a result of a failure to apply proper procedures and policies can be time consuming and expensive.

Redundancies & business transfers

Having to make decisions about redundancies can be challenging for charities, as can business transfers and outsourcing arrangements which trigger complex issues under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE). Our employment lawyers provide specialist support to guide charities through complex legal processes, such as TUPE.

Equality & diversity

Added to this is the challenge of managing equality and diversity, which spans the whole of the employment relationship. If not tackled early, dealing with discrimination in charities can lead to expensive and time consuming disputes that may also be damaging to staff morale and cause reputational damage to the charity.

Charity volunteers

Formalising arrangements with charity volunteers can also be challenging. Charities need certainty on a volunteer's commitment, but will not want to formalise legal relations in a way that creates worker or employee status issues or inadvertently confers statutory rights, such as entitlement to the national minimum wage or statutory holiday pay.

How can we help?

  • Policies, procedures and training
    A combination of policies and procedures and training is available for those involved in recruitment to help reduce the legal risks that may arise around discrimination challenges from an unsuccessful candidate and ensure effective use of diversity monitoring.

  • Strategic support
    Support on strategic decisions such as a restructuring or merger, advice in relation to TUPE and pensions is another of our bespoke offerings.

  • Resolving employment disputes
    Where there is an employment dispute, we will guide you through the process and be proactive in managing tribunal claims. We will work with you at an early stage to identify:
    • the risks and the approach to a claim
    • how much a claim is worth and how much resource you should dedicate to defending it from a commercial perspective.

More information regarding our employment law expertise.

For specialist legal advice regarding charity employees and volunteers, please contact Kathy Halliday on 0121 227 3711 or make an enquiry below.

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Meet the team

Our charity lawyers have a broad variety of legal expertise and offer a full legal service to the charity sector.

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Paul Voller - Partner & Charity Lawyer in London - VWV Solicitors

Charity Law

Kathy Halliday - Employment Lawyer in Birmingham - VWV Law Firm

Employment Law

Charity Law

Restructuring & TUPE