Legal and financial responsibilities of employing staff - London

Thursday, 16 Mar 2017, 09:45 - 13:00


*A small charity for this programme is defined as a charity whose annual income is £1million or less*

Getting the right people in, on the right type of contract is crucial when it comes to balancing your charity’s needs and your legal and tax obligations. This course aims to give a basic foundation  when employing staff. This course is ideal for finance people working in small groups or charities, and will cover key topics such as types of employment status,  contractual considerations, areas to include in your budget when calculating pay, and what you need to know when working with outsourced payroll providers.

Attendees will leave with an understanding of:

  • The difference between employees, consultants, freelance or sessional workers, temps, and volunteers and the implications of the status
  • Zero hour contracts and how to use them
  • How to calculate and deduct income tax and employers/employees National Insurance
  • Different pension schemes
  • The practical considerations in managing payroll

Who should attend?
Those who work with the finances and money handling in a small charity or a small group.  This can be a volunteer, treasurer, finance person, or other manager/CEO.

Charity Finance Group (CFG) in partnership with Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.






Employing people
Review the financialimplications of recruitment and understand the impact of the different types of employment status, including: 

Financial best practice when recruiting staff 

How to define freelance, employee or volunteer

Considerations when drawing up contracts 


Budgeting and calculations

Learn areas to be aware of when budgetting for staff, such as:

Calculating and deducting income tax

Calculating employers and employees National Insurance

Statutory pay, such as sick pay and maternity pay

Making payments to HMRC





Pensions considerations

With the requirement for small charities to auto enrol by April 2017, learn what steps you need to take to implement the process, and what to consider when budgeting. This topic will also cover different types of pension schemes, and what to consider when integrating them.


Practical considerations in managing payroll

How to run payroll

Reporting to HMRC

Whether to oursource or run in-house

Ther roles and responsibilities of the outsourced providers



There is a travel bursary scheme available for those who live in rural areas and need some additional financial support to travel to the trainings; this scheme is for those who live a fair distance from the nearest training session and whose organisation has less than £50,000 annual income. If you would like to apply for the travel bursary please click here to complete the form.

Venue Details


Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Kings Place90 York Way, LONDON, N1 9AG

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Bookings & Prices


  • Attendee - £20.00

All CFG’s training sessions for small charities are supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to keep costs low. There is a fee of just £20 for each half day training. You can book by pressing on the book now button at the bottom of this page.

Terms and Conditions:

Written notice of cancellations up to 21 days before an event will incur a 25% administration fee. After this time period, a 100% cancellation charge will apply. Substitutions (i.e. name changes) for the course booked can be made free of charge.

CFG reserves the right to cancel any event two weeks prior to the event date. You will be entitled to a full refund or given the opportunity to transfer to an alternative date. However we regret that we cannot refund any travel or accommodation costs incurred by delegates. CFG accepts no liability if an event is cancelled or postponed for reasons beyond our reasonable control resulting from an act of God, governmental regulation, fire, war, terrorist activity or civil commotion.

It may be necessary for reasons beyond our control to change the date, time or the venue at any time prior to the event date. If this occurs you will be informed of changes and given the opportunity to cancel or transfer to an alternative date.

CFG reserves the right to amend the content of the programme or the speakers where necessary without consulting booked delegates.

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