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What is HRNet?

Many small to medium-sized charities do not have an HR professional within their team, but they may need to manage complex employment situations while complying with employment legislation. 

HRNet provides an HR lifeline to charities and social enterprises without the expense. It offers specific advice as well as a regular briefing on employment issues.

Why join HRNet?

Joining HRNet is free for any registered charity or other formally constituted non-profit with a charitable purpose. Once you have registered online, you will benefit from: 

  • A regular email newsletter with up-to-date information on employment legislation and practice.
  • Advice and guidance on general or specific employment matters.
  • Access to an archive of past newsletter articles.  Please bear in mind the up to date status of HRNet content is not actively monitored and employment law and HR practice change day to day.  Articles are dated.  Past content may not be applicable to your situation.
  • Access to model HR templates upon request. For manageability reasons, whilst we don’t have a rigid limit, our expectation would be up to 5 documents per request.

Please note: HRNet is only available in England and Wales.

How does raising a question on HRNet work?

Members are welcome to submit a question through the HRNet website on HR/employment law matters including a request for advice on a specific situation.  Please provide sufficient information and context to enable a helpful response. 

Questions are treated confidentially. They are only visible to Trust staff, not other members.  We forward them to external HRNet volunteers or in some instances, answer them directly.  Details are sent to volunteers anonymously, without naming you or your charity. Alternatively, where we consider it more appropriate, we seek your prior written consent to enable full details to be sent to our volunteers. We would always ask your prior written consent to publish the question and answer anonymously in a future newsletter, where this may benefit other members. 

HRNet covers discrete “one off” people situations and matters. 

Members should be aware of the Trust’s Management Consultancy service for more time involved ongoing support, for which there are eligibility criteria

HRNet support is provided without charge by a combination of external volunteers and Trust staff.  

Please note that none are acting in the capacity of a solicitor, even if the individual is a qualified solicitor. The Trust is not an authorised, regulated provider of legal services. Any response to a question raised on HRNet is not regulated, privileged legal advice and no lawyer-client relationship is created. Where formal legal advice is required, members should arrange this themselves, whether on a paid basis, through Law Works or other pro bono legal advice service.


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