The management committee becomes an employer as soon as the organisation recruits paid staff. Whilst the committee is not expected to be expert in all the associated legal responsibilities, the committee members are required to keep up to date with changes and ensure they access expertise and advice where necessary.
Your role as employer and associated legal requirements should be taken very seriously:
- You are responsible for seeing that staff work effectively towards achieving the aims of the organisation. If they don’t, you are not managing the organisation’s resources effectively
- Your organisation may face serious penalties if you do not obey the laws covering employment
- In some circumstances you may face personal liability for debts that result from mismanagement of staff or failure to adhere to employment legislation
The Management Committee cannot possibly know every aspect of the law, but must gain an understanding of the main requirements, and make an effort to stay up to date with changes in the law. They will need to be aware of legislation setting minimum standards for areas such as:
|Access NI||National Minimum Wage|
|Discipline & grievance||Recruitment of employees|
|Equal pay||Right to Work in UK|
|Fixed Term Regulations||Statutory sick pay|
|Harassment/Bullying||Terms and conditions (contracts) of employment|
|Health & Safety||Termination of employment|
|Maternity/parental leave||Working Time Regulations|
Where can I get help on….
Download: Employment: Where Can I Get More Information? for details of who to contact for further information on each of the key areas of employment law.
….freelancers, consultants and contractors?
Click here for more information on contract types and employer responsibilities including freelancers, consultants and contractors.
….overall employment information?
Try the following sources for information on employment law and practice:
- Labour Relations Agency– provides free training and downloadable resources on employment areas. Tel: 028 9032 1442
Also very useful:
- NI Direct– under Information & Services- Employment section, provides a range of useful guidance and key contacts
- NI Business Info– provides useful information on employment terms and conditions
- Employing People– provides a range of resources for voluntary and community organisations in Northern Ireland
- NICVA – Refer to NICVA’s Staff Handbook for up-to-date terms and conditions
- Employer Advice Online – employment law advice for employers in Northern Ireland