BULLETIN: Charity law news, January 2014
Blake Morgan's Charities group publishes regular e-bulletins to keep you up to date with breaking news and topical issues affecting the charities sector.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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