THE third sector has responded incredibly to the coronavirus pandemic, but the strain placed on senior leaders of UK charities cannot be underestimated.
With wide-reaching employment implications and a heavy stream of information to process, those running charities may be feeling overwhelmed when it comes to managing the impact of COVID-19 on their staff and operations.
To assist, Employment Law and Health & Safety experts from Ellis Whittam have partnered with the Association for Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) to record a free 45-minute Employer Q&A – one of a number of free resources available.
Co-presented by James Tamm, Director of Legal Services, and Andy Hall, Regional Health & Safety Manager, the session – available on-demand – explains everything you need to know from a staffing and safety perspective. The pair are joined by Vicky Browning, CEO at ACEVO, and the three address the top challenges facing the sector and recent government developments.
With a long list of lockdown-loosening changes having been announced recently, including the relaxation of the two-metre rule, James, Andy and Vicky explore what this means for your organisation and activities, and what steps you will need to take to ensure you remain compliant.
To help you manage your workforce, James answers some of the most common employment queries charities will have right now, including:
- Practical advice on safety-related refusals to work and how to deal with staff absences in different scenarios
- Using the flexible furlough scheme to adjust staffing levels and support organisational goals
- How to approach potential restructuring requirements, including making changes to employment contracts and understanding redundancy
To help you fulfil your duty of care, Andy explores the key risk management considerations for charity leaders, including:
- Employers’ legal duties when it comes to health & safety and the newly-released government guidance
- The importance of risk assessment: how to go about this and regularly review
- The practical control measures required to make your business COVID-secure
James Tamm commented:
“We understand that charitable organisations of all sizes and purposes are facing a myriad of challenges right now, including increased demand for services, reduced levels of funding, and the need to support service users and keep people safe. We also know through speaking to charitable organisations on a daily basis that maintaining a strong team and solid continuity plans and scenario planning has never been more important.
“With this in mind, we have put together content to help answer charities’ queries, explain how to overcome some of your current pressures, and get the advice you need to react quickly to fast-changing circumstances so that you can continue to support those in need.”
Access the recording and further free Coronavirus written advice and templates for all charity sector employers here: https://elliswhittam.com/charities-resources