Furloughing Staff and Holding Church Meetings

Furloughing Staff and Holding Church Meetings

Advice for two important questions during the current lockdown. Should churches use the Government’s job retention scheme, and how? How can churches hold constitutional members meetings when we can not meet physically?

Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, we have been publishing lots of articles with advice about how to best continue with your pastoral ministry. But increasingly we are getting questions about charity governance and charity law.

In particular, churches have been asking us about holding members meetings in lockdown, as well as advice about the Government’s job retention scheme.

These are two important questions but being legal in nature, we are not best placed to answer. Thankfully, we’ve got some brilliant legal minds who have been doing this thinking for us.

Edward Connor Solicitors (ECS) was set up by FIEC in March 2018 to serve churches and Christian charities with all their legal support. They have been doing some extensive work on the question of members meetings as well as whether or not churches should place staff on furlough.

So, we would encourage you to engage with our colleagues at ECS over these issues.

Furlough Leave

FIEC has placed several staff on furlough leave and a number of churches have done the same.

The job retention scheme was launched this week and the chancellor has extended it until the end of June.

You can read Edward Connor Solicitors' advice for churches on their website.

Charity Governance

The Charity Commission have published plenty of guidance on things like holding meetings and what good governance of your church or charity should look like during the pandemic.

For the answer to questions about AGMs and ordinary church meetings, please read Edward Connor Solicitors' guidelines on their website.

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