Legal responsibilities: where can I get more information?
Listed below (in alphabetical order) are a range of recommended sources of further information and advice regarding the legal responsibilities of Management Committees.
Remember! The legal framework regarding voluntary and community organisations based in Northern Ireland is different from other parts of the UK. However, good practice principles and advice will be relevant to all groups.
Search the Training and Support section for a list of organisations in Northern Ireland who support and advise Management Committees.
The new Charity Commission for Northern Ireland came into being on the 1st June 2009.
Useful information and downloadable forms for organisations registered (or wishing to register) as a limited company. Includes guidance on new company law requirements under the Companies Act 2006.
Provides downloadable information on most aspects of employment practice.
Useful information on the social economy and Community Interest Companies (CICs). Responsible for economic development policy and regulation.
The publications section includes guidance for voluntary organisations on a range of areas of law including data protection.
Provides a range of downloadable publications on topics such as disability, equal pay, fair employment and treatment, race, sex and sexual orientation, single equality bill and statutory duty.
The independent regulator of charitable fundraising for charities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Provides downloadable information and guidance on health and safety related areas including risk management and assessment.
Provides information on tax, PAYE, rates and information regarding charities under its "businesses and corporations" section. Links to online forms, application and payment facilities.
Provides guidance on data protection, and an enquiry/information line Tel. 01625 545 745.
Provides comprehensive good practice guidance on various issues relating to fundraising within its Codes of Fundraising Practice.
Provides training, advice and support to community and voluntary groups who wish to start up a business. Also provide online information and guidance for NI businesses through www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk
Comprehensive one-stop-shop for information, advice, downloadable publications and free training on employment practice.
Provides downloadable publications. Provides free legal advice to members of the voluntary sector for an annual fee of approximately £65.
Up-to-date information on the national minimum wage and free helpline telephone 0845 6000678.
Check out their list of factsheets (available to order only) on topics such as fundraising, insurance and VAT.
Provides user-friendly guidance for employers and employees on minimum wage, maternity, paternity & adoption rights. Interactive tool for calculating things like maternity entitlements.
Download up to date guidance on legal issues and good practice publications concerning child protection and volunteers and the law. Also provides training and advice on these areas.
Chief Officers 3rd Sector (CO3) is a leading membership-based organisation that focuses on supporting, developing and connecting Third Sector leaders in Northern Ireland. CO3's Trustee Network was established to provide a supportive space for Trustees across Northern Ireland to network and learn.
Business in the Community links businesses with the voluntary sector and local communities to provide support and facilitate local engagement, including assistance in recruiting new board members.