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
ACAS gives employees and employers free, impartial advice on workplace rights, rules, and best practice.
For information and advice about managing volunteers, have a look at our volunteering pages.