SANDY ADIRONDACK
Training and consultancy on governance and law
for the voluntary sector
LEGAL UPDATE EMAILS
FOR VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS

"Your updates are so relevant, thoroughly researched and up-to-date, they are a real pleasure to read, and such a valuable resource for our small(ish) charity."
UK director of a small international charity

"Very much appreciate the easy to read and digest nature of the updates, and being able to make sense of what otherwise could be overwhelming information."
Partnership organisation in Portsmouth

Unfortuately, I have not had the capacity to maintain my former legal update website since 2017, and articles on it (see links in the lower half of the left-hand column) should not be relied upon. However, to receive current legal updates by email or to request one or more of the updates since 2018 listed below, click to send an email, asking to receive legal updates. Please give your name, organisation, email and postal addresses and telephone number. Your postal address and phone number are used to contact you if emails bounce. To avoid spamming, an email address is not given on screen.
If you can't see the word 'Weblegalupdate' after 'click' in the the paragraph above, or have trouble sending an email by clicking on it, the address is weblegalupdate at sandy-a.co.uk, with the spaces and 'at' replaced by the @ symbol.


UPDATES FROM 2018 THROUGH 2021

The update emails provide information of a general nature for governing body members and staff of charities and other voluntary organisations about recent and forthcoming legal changes.

Updates since 2018 are listed here. To request one or more of these, or to sign up to receive future updates by email, click to send an email. Please give your name, organisation, email and postal address. The postal address is used to contact you if updates bounce. If you sign up to receive the updates you will receive the most recent four or five.


2021

  • 2101 CORONAVIRUS (1): Business interruption insurance (31/1/21)
  • 2102 CORONAVIRUS (2): Insurance issues (5/2/21)

  • 2103 PLEASE SIGN #RightNow (17/2/21)

  • 2104 CORONAVIRUS & THE WORKPLACE: Vaccination (23/2/21)

  • 2105 PAY (1): Minimum wage & sleep-in shifts (22/3/21)
  • 2106 PAY (2): Minimum wage changes from 1 April (23/3/21)

  • 2107 RELIGION: Supporting Muslim colleagues during Ramadan (19/4/21)

2020

  • 2001 CYBERSECURITY: Cybercrime; resources; Windows 7 (10/2/20)

  • 2002 CORONAVIRUS (1): Information & guidance (2/3/20)
  • 2003 CORONAVIRUS (2): Statutory sick pay (3/3/20)
  • 2004 CORONAVIRUS (3) Employment & health & safety issues (6/3/20)

  • 2005 ADMINISTRATION: Postage rates (9/3/20)

  • 2006 EMPLOYMENT: Redundancy pay, unfair dismissal & other awards (16/3/20)

  • 2007 PAYE: Off-payroll working (IR35) postponed (18/3/20)

  • 2008 CORONAVIRUS: Online isolation notes (20/3/20)

  • 2009 EMPLOYMENT & VOLUNTEERING (1): Homeworking (26/3/20)
  • 2010 EMPLOYMENT & VOLUNTEERING (2): Homeworking (26/3/20)
  • 2011 EMPLOYMENT: Furlough scheme (coronavirus job retention scheme) (6/4/20)

  • 2012 SECTOR SURVIVAL: #EveryDayCounts (7/4/20)

  • 2013 RELIGION: Supporting Muslim colleagues during Ramadan (18/4/20)

  • 2014 EMPLOYMENT: Furlough scheme (21/4/20)
  • 2015 EMPLOYMENT: April changes Statement of particulars; agency workers; information & consultation (23/4/20)
  • 2016 EMPLOYMENT: Furlough scheme: Agreements, claims, resources (15/5/20)
  • 2017 EMPLOYMENT: SSP; furlough scheme (26/5/20)
  • 2018 EMPLOYMENT: Deadline to furlough staff for the first time (9/6/20)
  • 2019 EMPLOYMENT: Furlough extension (2/11/20)

  • 2020 PAY: NJC; real living wage & living hours (9/11/20)

  • 2021 BREXIT: Data protection (7/12/20)

  • 2022 ADMINISTRATION: Postage rates & Christmas dates (11/12/20)

  • 2023 BREXIT RESOURCES (1): General resources (17/12/20)
  • 2024 BREXIT RESOURCES (2): Beneficiaries; data protection; intellectual property (18/12/20)

2019

  • 1901 EMPLOYMENT: Vicarious liability (3/1/19)
  • 1902 EMPLOYMENT & VOLUNTEERS: Winter weather (3/2/19)
  • 1903 EMPLOYMENT: Minimum wage & sleep-in pay (11/2/19)
  • 1904 EMPLOYMENT: Pay update for April 2019: Gender pay gap reporting, minimum wage, payslips, pension auto-enrolment (12/2/19)

  • 1905 ADMIN: Postage; Charity Commission email; fundraising suppression requests (25/2/19)

  • 1906 CATCH-UP: Brexit; minimum wage & sleep-in pay; fundraising suppression requests (7/3/19)
  • 1907 MORE CATCH-UP: Brexit (8/3/19)

  • 1908 EMPLOYMENT: Redundancy pay, unfair dismissal & other awards (15/3/19)

  • 1909 VAT (1): Bear traps; grants v contracts (18/3/19)
  • 1910 VAT (2): Making tax digital; Brexit (18/3/19)

  • 1911 EMPLOYMENT: PAYE: IR35 (off-payroll working) (26/3/19)
  • 1912 EMPLOYMENT: PAYE: online personal tax accounts; income tax; national insurance; student loan repayments (27/3/19)
  • 1913 EMPLOYMENT: Statutory sick pay; statutory pay for parents (27/3/19)

  • 1914 RELIGION: Supporting Muslim colleagues during Ramadan (14/5/19)

  • 1915 FINANCE: Charity trading (21/5/19)

  • 1916 FUNDRAISING (1): Gift Aid (8/7/19)
  • 1917 FUNDRAISING (2): Gift aid; gift aid small donations scheme (6/8/19)

  • 1918 IMMIGRATION: Tiers 2, 4 & 5 record keeping (9/8/19)

  • 1919 SAFEGUARDING (1): Criminal record checks: Fees; applications; basic checks; GDPR (16/9/19)
  • 1920 SAFEGUARDING (2): Criminal records: Spent convictions; acquittals; right to be forgotten (20/9/19)

  • 1921 FINANCE: Charity annual returns; updating charity details; Northern Ireland annual returns (4/10/19)

  • 1922 CAMPAIGNING during an election (11/11/19)

  • 1923 FINANCE: Charity annual returns: follow-up (13/11/19)

2018

  • 1801 CIO: Charitable company conversion to charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) (1/2/18)
  • 1802 CIO: New rules on CIO/SCIO names (6/2/18)

  • 1803 DATA PROTECTION: Getting sorted for the General Data Protection Regulation (1) (13/2/18)
  • 1804 DATA PROTECTION: Getting sorted for GDPR (2): Forthcoming events + fundraising and direct marketing (15/2/18)
  • 1805 DATA PROTECTION: Getting sorted for GDPR (3): Children's personal data; HR; faith organisations + more (16/2/18)

  • 1806 RISK: Reputational risk + free NCVO resources (20/2/18)

  • 1807 SAFEGUARDING: Criminal record checks (1): Basic criminal record checks (16/3/18)
  • 1808 SAFEGUARDING: Criminal record checks (2): ID checking; overseas applicants; asylum seekers (19/3/19)

  • 1809 ADMIN: Postage (20/3/18)

  • 1810 PAY: Minimum wage & living wage (1): Current rates; uniforms; travel time (27/3/18)
  • 1811 PAY: Minimum wage & living wage (2): Sleep-in shift pay (28/3/18)
  • 1812 PAY: NJC; itemised pay statements; "weekly pay" for redundancy pay etc; unfair dismissal awards (28/3/18)

  • 1813 FRAUD: Recent insider fraud cases (3/4/18)

  • 1814 PAYE: Benefits in kind; termination payments; tax-free childcare; Scottish rate of income tax (10/5/18)

  • 1815 RELIGION: Supporting Muslim colleagues during Ramadan (16/5/18)

  • 1816 DATA PROTECTION: Fees; GDPR resources; consent v. legitimate interests; Data Protection Act 2018 (25/5/18)

  • 1817 EMPLOYMENT & VOLUNTEERING: Heatwaves; World Cup fever (11/6/18)

  • 1818 PAY: NJC; living wage; Northern Ireland redundancy & dismissal awards (25/6/18)

  • 1819 CHARITY LAW: Disqualification of trustees & senior managers (27/6/18)
  • 1820 CHARITY LAW: Charities (Protection & Social Investment) Act 2016 (28/6/18)

  • 1821 PAY: Minimum wage & sleep-in pay (30/7/18)

  • 1822 BREXIT (1): General resources (12/12/18)
  • 1823 BREXIT (2): Preparing for no deal (13/12/18)

  • 1824 FRAUD: CEOs & Christmas gift card fraud (14/12/18)


To request one or more of the above, or to sign up to receive future updates by email, click to send an email. Please give your name, organisation, email and postal address. The postal address is used to contact you if updates bounce. If you sign up to receive the updates you will receive the most recent four or five.


UPDATES PRIOR TO 2018

The legal update website for voluntary organisations, when it was maintained, was on five pages. These are still online, but many articles will be out of date. In due course the legal update website will all be transferred to archive pages at VSLH Archive

  • EMPLOYMENT covers employment and volunteering.

  • EQUALITY covers equal opportunities in employment and in the provision of services, goods and facilities, and human rights.

  • FINANCE covers assets, contracts, risk and liability, insurance, financial difficulties and winding up, fundraising, funding, commissioning and procurement, trading, accounts, tax, VAT, and property and the environment.

  • LEGAL STRUCTURES, CHARITABLE STATUS AND GOVERNANCE covers charity law, company and industrial and provident society law, issues related to incorporation or being unincorporated, and governance and trusteeship.

  • ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES covers everything else: health and safety, safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, data protection, freedom of information, intellectual property, electronic communications, internet, campaigning, events, licensing, publicity, marketing etc.
Earlier items are archived at www.sandy-a.co.uk/vslh.htm.

The information and commentary on the legal update website and in my legal update emails cover the law applicable to England, and may not apply in Wales, Northern Ireland and/or Scotland. It is provided free of charge for information purposes only, and is not a full or definitive statement of the law. Reasonable efforts are made to keep the information and commentary accurate and up to date, but no responsibility for its accuracy and correctness, or for any consequences of relying on it, is assumed by Sandy Adirondack. Each item clearly indicates when it was most recently updated.

The information and commentary do not, and are not intended to, amount to legal advice to any person or organisation on a specific case or matter and are not intended as a substitute for professional advice.

Items on the legal update website were cross-referenced to the The Russell-Cooke Voluntary Sector Legal Handbook, published by Directory of Social Change in September 2009.

 

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SANDY ADIRONDACK
Governance and legal training and consultancy
for the voluntary sector

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