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Our passion and enthusiasm for charity begins at home. We’re proud of our own charity, The Howarth Foundation, which provides support to help individuals that have experienced homelessness back into employment.
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History Within Charities
Running our own charity means our team has extensive and well-developed knowledge of the HR and Employment Law landscape surrounding charities and not-for-profit enterprises. We understand what it is like to operate with Trustee Boards and operating effectively within the third sector.
We support charities with all areas of HR and Employment Law and have extensive experience in assisting growing charities with mergers and transfers of employment including supporting with TUPE, employment contracts and creating new group structures.
In focus Case Study
How it all Began
Leeds charity Community Links is award winning non-profit provider of mental health and wellbeing services in Yorkshire and the Humber, supporting individuals with a wide range of mental health issues including anxiety and depression, psychosis, alcohol and substance misuse, complex needs and personality disorder.
In 2018, a merger between Community Links and North West charity, Foundation, was approved. The charities would come together to increase effectiveness and provide a wealth of expertise, innovation and high-quality mental health and housing services.
The parent company would be known as Inspire North. Howarths has been working with Community Links providing HR and employment law support for over 10 years and was chosen to support with the merger.
Creating a new group structure
The merger would create a group structure with both organisations retaining their identity and delivering front line services, and the creation of Inspire North as a Parent Company would create a more comprehensive infrastructure with faster response times.
As such, highly technical and extremely detailed employment law support was required to ensure all legalities were taken care of as part of Inspire North’s formation.
Providing on-site employment law support
Due to the level of detail required for the merger, on-site support was required for the duration of the project. Howarths’ Head of Employment Law, Charlotte Geesin, spent time working from the Community Links office, providing one-to-one support.
This included assisting the Community Links and Foundation teams with relevant staff meetings, ensuring that they were kept fully up-to-speed with developments and that legally-required follow-up letters and staff correspondence were drafted and presented to staff in a timely manner.
Charlotte provided specific and detailed guidance on TUPE – the legislation designed to protect employees if the business in which they are employed changes hands. She supported Community Links and Foundation in moving employees and any liabilities associated with the existing charities to the newly-formed Inspire North by operation of law.
A successful merger
Managing the transfer of almost 400 staff from Community Links and Foundation to Inspire North meant the project was one of significant size and complexity. However, with the specialised support of Charlotte and the Howarths team, the tight timescales were met and the project delivered successfully.
As a result of this work, and our long-standing relationship with Community Links, the whole group are now clients of Howarths.
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