Charities and other non-profit organisations rely on their staff and volunteers to achieve their aims and make a difference to people’s lives, so it is important to ensure all HR issues are considered to keep staff productive, engaged and consistently fulfilling the goals of your charity.
You may need to consider issues around contracts, insurance, employees, and volunteers.
Community Impact Bucks offers a signposting service for voluntary organisations who need support on HR matters.
LawWorks is a charity which connects people and groups needing legal advice with volunteer solicitors. In addition to legal advice, LawWorks for Community Groups gives free business law advice to charities, community groups and social enterprises in England and Wales. Again, this is delivered by a network of volunteer lawyers. To use this service your organisation’s annual income must be below £500,000.
The project can help with:
- Corporate law advice – advice on contracts; how to incorporate the organisation as a company/Community Investment Company; updating and amending the organisation’s Articles of Association and other constitutional documents.
- Employment law advice – drafting, reviewing and updating employment contracts. and staff handbooks.
- Intellectual property law advice – advice on registering a trademark, and data protection issues.
- Property law advice – advice on lease terms; assistance with negotiating tenancy agreements.
- Other areas of advice include – charity law; tax and VAT; insolvency and help in drafting contingency plans; insurance law; health and safety law; general commercial matters.
LawWorks also offer Free Talks. These are short online videos presented by solicitors about common legal issues faced by small not-for-profit organisations.
The videos are all free to watch and aim to help you when making important decisions.
The talks cover a range of issues including:
- Employing someone new
- Managing redundancies
- An employer’s guide to the Employment Tribunal
- Employee grievances
- Disciplinary procedures
NCVO members can access free HR, Employment, and Health & Safety Advice through the Croner Business Support Helpline.
ACAS gives employees and employers free, impartial advice on workplace rights, rules, and best practice. ACAS also offer free eLearning modules for employees and employers covering a wide range of employment issues, including:
- mental health
- equality, diversity and inclusion
- contracts, hours and pay
- leave and time off
- managing people and performance
- dealing with workplace problems
To find out more please visit the ACAS website.
For information and advice about managing volunteers, have a look at our volunteering pages.
Are your policies and procedures up-to-date? Find out what areas you need to prioritise using our free online tool by clicking on the checklist icon or visiting our Healthcheck Tool webpage.