This means in practice that the management committee needs to ensure that equal opportunities and diversity principles are applied in all areas of the organisations work. The only variation to this principle may be where an organisation is set up to serve one particular section of the community e.g. women or young people. In these contexts an approach based wholly on equal opportunities and diversity may not be possible.
Where a voluntary organisation employs paid staff, the Management Committee is ultimately the employer. The Management Committee is responsible for ensuring that the organisation's policies and practices are compliant with relevant legislation, are kept up to date and that its employment practices are at an acceptable standard. Good people management helps to contribute to the organisation's overall effectiveness and its ability to achieve its objectives. This of course brings additional responsibilities both legally and practically in terms of managing staff.
Tax is a complex area and specialist advice may be needed to ensure that your obligations are being met in this area.
All organisations have an obligation to pay tax. Charities are entitled to tax exemptions and relief from Income Tax, Corporation Tax, Inheritance Tax and Capital Gains Tax. In order to claim tax exemptions charities in Northern Ireland must be registered with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
Your role as employer and associated legal requirements should be taken very seriously:
Issues to consider
The Management Committee will need to take time to consider:
This helps to contribute to your organisation's overall effectiveness.
Key areas of employment law
Remember! As an employer, you need to be aware of legislation, which usually sets minimum standards for areas such as:
By law your organisation must have a written health and safety policy if you employ five or more people. (Health and Safety at Work (NI) Order 1978 section 2 (3))
Your policy should contain:
A brief checklist regarding the employment responsibilities of the management committee. Particularly useful where an organisation is relatively new to involving paid staff or where systems and practices are still in the development stage.
The NI Business Info site provides helpful guidance and resources on: