The cost of getting it wrong
During 2010/2011, awards for cases of age discrimination averaged £30,289. Disability discrimination pay outs averaged £14,137.
Three fifths of the entire Tribunals Service outstanding work load is made up of multiple employment tribunal claims – a direct result of the impact that new legislation and regulations are having on employment management. Employers are even at risk of discrimination claims from prospective employees.
Between 2010 and 2011 the leading cause of claims made for tribunal was around the Working Time Directive, which focuses on workers’ rights to breaks, holidays, and restricting excessive work hours. Unauthorised deductions came a close second, followed by unfair dismissal, breach of contract and equal pay.
In May 2011 the ICO fined two England-based charities for being in breach of the Data Protection Act when unencrypted computers containing client’s personal information were stolen.
An issue that has come to significant prominence in recent years is that of Health and Safety, particularly with an increased need for services to be delivered directly to the clients. One tragic case of failing to put in place the appropriate safety measures and assess risks to staff occurred in 2010 when a case-worker was killed by a client on a home visit, a visit she made alone despite concerns over the mental health of the client in question. The organisation was fined £30,000 with costs of £20,000 in addition to the tragic and unavoidable human loss in this case. Even minor accidents can set you back indefinitely if the correct procedures and cover are not in place.
Face making staff redundant?
Cuts in funding for the Third Sector are directly impacting on redundancy and insolvency levels, with many charities and organisations unable to renew contracts, maintain services and provide employment for staff. Redundancies are a sad fact of recessionary periods, and the Third Sector are as vulnerable, perhaps more so, than that of the private sector due to the uncertain nature of funding streams:
Do you know that without employing the correct processes for making redundancies your organisation is at risk of devastating litigation?
Can you or your organisation afford to ignore these figures?
Think you don’t have organisational legal responsibilities? Is your organisation involved in:
If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of these then you have legal responsibilities.
All of these familiar situations and practical elements of working in the Third Sector carry their own legal implications.
Overlooking, or simply lacking, the awareness of these legal responsibilities can have devastating structural and financial consequences for your organisation.
Legal compliance involves not only the awareness of the regulations, but also demonstration of and the maintenance of these regulations, as well as a thorough process by which your compliance can be evidenced.
The benefits of getting it right are clear: Greater employee satisfaction and higher standard of work or services produced; happier staff leading to fewer tribunals; being aware of your responsibilities and also the processes and procedures involved also equips you should any discrepancies arise within or from outside your organisation. Risks are reduced where necessary and employing clear processes and measures ensures that no ball is ever dropped to the detriment of you, your staff, or your organisation.
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This entry was posted on Monday 14th May 2012.
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Guest blog: VAT’s the world coming to ….
This week may well prove to be one of the busiest on record for yours truly - in terms of VAT speaking engagements and events – and the charity sector looms large in it!Published by Liz Maher of Centurion VAT Specialists Ltd on 22/05/2013 View this entry
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