10 Mar 2014
Accusations that Save the Children has been censoring criticism of the energy industry out of fear of upsetting corporate partners is just one negative story that the charity world has woken up to this morning.
There's a new ACAS code for disciplinary and grievance procedures and a 25 per cent penalty for not complying, says Jane Klauber. The much criticised statutory dismissal and grievance procedures were abolished on 6 April 2009. In their place Tribunals will have regard to a new ACAS Code of Practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures and awards of compensation may be increased or decreased by up to 25 per cent if either party unreasonably fails to comply with the Code. However breach of the provisions of the Code by the employer will no longer lead to findings of automatic unfair dismissal which was the case under the statutory dismissal procedure.
Sophie Whitbread examines the legal implications of alternatives to redundancy Many employers are looking ahead and realising that, in order to ensure their businesses can cope when the economy recovers, they need to retain the staff they have worked so hard to recruit and train. They are therefore considering alternatives to redundancy, such as flexible working, sabbaticals and pay cuts. While this is an attractive alternative approach, employers need to be aware that exploring these sorts of options can involve just as many, if not more, legal pitfalls as undertaking a redundancy exercise. So what should you do to ensure you stay on the right side of the law when looking at creative alternatives to redundancy?
With funds under pressure, every penny counts. Here are four ideas to help you save money, while reducing risk and improving processes.
The charity sector is undergoing huge challenges right now as a result of the economic downturn. In times like these charities need to be able to focus on their core competencies and maximise efficiencies in the business. Tighter economic conditions prompt many organisations, including charities, to look for ways to reduce costs and outsourcing non-core activities such as payroll is an effective way to improve business efficiency and acquire a competitive advantage through partnering with a specialist provider.
The NCVO pay panel addresses a problem that doesn't exist -- setting up a straw man to beat to a pulp -- and has by its mere existence made it seem that a deep, dark scandal is brewing within the charitable sector. It would have been far better to greet phony media muck-raking with the scornful silence it deserved. Thanks for nothing, folks.
Recent published surveys have revealed that charities are at risk of costly tribunals due to lack of compliance with changes in employment legislation.
It's been a fast-paced few weeks here at Plaza Towers with all hands to the decks producing the July issues of Charity Finance, governance and Professional Fundraising while at the same time somehow pulling the threads together for a brilliant tenth Charity Awards presentation dinner, of which more below.
Heather Lamont asks whether the recent stock market revival reflects a sustainable economic recovery, or a return to boom and bust. After an extended period of share prices declines, especially over the winter of 2008-09, this spring equities at last began to show an improvement. What investors want to know now is whether the recent rally marks the beginning of a sustained recovery, or whether we should be bracing ourselves for a relapse.
John Tate has been rabbiting on about IT driving the transparency agenda for a couple of years. Now the topic of charity CEO expenses has become a major talking point and this was kicked off via John's blog posting. Without technology this would not have been possible.