20 February 2008
Voluntary organisations 'failing to keep up with employment law'
Voluntary organisations in the UK could be breaking the law by failing to keep abreast of changes in employment legislation, according to new research.
Figures produced by the Church Urban Fund - a group that supports social action in the poorest parts of England - indicate that more than six in ten faith-based projects have not changed their HR policies following amendments to working time regulations.
Additionally, 40 per cent of such organisations were found to have failed to respond to employment equality regulations, while 46 per cent have ignored the implementation of the Disability Discrimination Act.
According to the Church Urban Fund, the cause of non-compliance among these organisations can be attributed to a lack of HR resources.
"There are numerous risks that an employer must face and it appears that voluntary groups are extremely vulnerable to HR issues," stated Liz Geddes, human resources adviser to the dioceses of Chester, Liverpool and Manchester.