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Updated HRNet Terms and Conditions - please read prior to registering for HRNet.  

View previous terms and conditions here.

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 whilst 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: 

  • Regular employment updates: An email newsletter with up-to-date information on employment legislation, cases and best practice.
  • Tailored answers to your HR questions: Advice and guidance on general or specific employment matters - by raising a question on HRNet. Please note we advise the organisation/the employer; we are unable to offer advice to employees about their personal employment situation. 

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

HRNet frequently asked questions

How does raising a question on HRNet work?

Members are welcome to submit a request for advice on a specific HR/employment situation through the HRNet website.  You must be registered as an HRNet member before you are able to access the service and provide us with sufficient information and context to enable a helpful response. 

Is the service confidential?

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

Free access - how is this possible?

HRNet support is provided without charge by a combination of external volunteers and Trust staff. Some have an HR background, some a legal background. 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, or through Law Works or other pro bono legal advice service.

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