BULLETIN: Charity law news, January 2014

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Charities Act Review: The role of the Charity Commission and "public benefit"
The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) published their further report "The role of the Charity Commission and “public benefit”: Post–legislative scrutiny of the Charities Act 2006: Charity Commission Response to the Committee's Third Report of Session 2013–14" on 18 December 2013.

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Charity Commission: New regulations and guidance for trustees on adopting a total return approach to the investment of the charity's permanent endowment
The Charity Commission has published their new regulations and guidance for trustees on adopting a total return approach to the investment of the charity's permanent endowment.

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Charity Commission: Cabinet Office consultation
The Cabinet Office has launched a consultation on extending the Charity Commission's powers to tackle abuse in charities. The consultation will close on 12 February 2014.

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Registration with the Charity Commission
The Charity Commission has published its decision to accept a re-submitted application from Preston Down Trust, part of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, to register as a charity.

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Defamation Act
Our Defamation and Privacy team has reviewed the key changes that came into effect from 1 January 2014 following the introduction of the Defamation Act 2013.

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Tax: HMRC Updates
Including HMRC's updated guidance on the fit and proper persons test, and a reminder and extension of merger time limits and the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme.

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Employment: Beware of turning pay rises into a contractual right
Can an employer's mistaken belief that employees were entitled to an RPI-linked pay rise turn into a contractual obligation? Potentially, yes. A recent case demonstrates how an employer's actions and communications, as understood by its employees, can create a contractual entitlement.

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Immigration Rule changes
On 6 September 2013, the statement of proposed changes to the Immigration Rules was laid in Parliament. The majority of these changes came into effect from 1 and 28 October 2013.

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Health and Safety
Following a post-legislative review, undertaken by the Health and Safety Executive on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), the DWP has published its report "Health and Safety Act 2008: Post-legislative scrutiny memorandum 16 January 2014".

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