Don’t Let Toxic Staff Remain in Place

In 101 Biggest Mistakes Nonprofits Make and How You Can Avoid Them, Andrew Olsen, CFRE, brings together 26 other industry professionals who have combined experience of over 300 years in nonprofit organizations or the consulting firms that serve them.  They are experts in what to do for organizational success and also what not to do. Mistake #17 is “[a]llowing toxic staff to remain in place,” according to Read More

The Shocking Turmoil at the SPLC

"... UNTIL JUSTICE ROLLS DOWN LIKE WATERS AND RIGHTEOUSNESS LIKE A MIGHTY STREAM" - Martin Luther King, Jr. The announcement was stunning - and cryptic. Just below Dr. King’s stirring language on the header of the website of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Richard Cohen had posted a confirmation of breaking news reports that same day, March 14, 2019: “Our founder Morris Dees is no longer working at SPLC.” Read More

Time for Nonprofits to Engage on Overtime Proposals

For several years, we’ve followed and reported on the saga of significant changes in federal labor-law rules that were put in place in the last year of the Obama Administration only to be tied up following the presidential election that year. The Obama rules were designed to give a huge “raise” to many workers around the United States by changing the mathematical formula that employers - for-profit and nonprofit Read More

Newest CA Sexual Harassment Laws

The annual schedule of the California Legislature is packed into a tight 8-9 months of activity with a frenzied rush in the final month. Now in his final year as governor, Democrat Jerry Brown doesn’t necessarily sign into law each and every measure passed by the overwhelming blue Senate and Assembly.   Recently, in New CA Legislature Action Affecting Nonprofits, we highlighted two of the new laws: (1) AB 2252, Read More

CA Sexual Harassment Training Mandates

The explosion of sexual harassment allegations and verified charges in recent weeks and months has brought this urgent topic to public attention in a way that makes us all eager for action to combat it. It’s a problem that must be attacked in a variety of ways: prevention, education, transparency efforts, exposure, and punishment.  But probably few people outside law firms and human resources departments of large Read More

California Employers in a Post Dynamex World

A recent California Supreme Court ruling has the potential to significantly impact all California employers, including nonprofit organizations. Appropriately classifying workers as either employees or as independent contractors has never been easy.  We've written about it in the past. Nonprofits and start up businesses are often tempted to simply pay those who provide services for the organization as independent Read More

Another Reminder to Pay Withholding Taxes

The year 2017 will not go down in the record books as a quiet or uneventful one, and while everyone's attention seems to be on the newly proposed tax plans released by the House and the Senate, nonprofits need to  remember the taxing requirements currently in place. For the philanthropy community, the new political reality poses enormous possible challenges, particularly for 501(c)(3)s which have, in the past, safely Read More

Can A Nonprofit Pay Their Workers Less Than Minimum Wage?

In a quiet corner in rural Maine, disabled workers employed by a nonprofit called Skills, Inc. spend their days “sorting items for its thrift store, cleaning area businesses, and packaging candle wicks and other goods.” The workers’ pay is “based on their determined productivity level, regardless of the state’s minimum wage.” Some earn as little as $2 to $3 an hour. This organization -- offers residential and day Read More

Time for Nonprofits to Advocate for Themselves

From time to time, nonprofits and their advisors are invited to comment on proposed new regulations and rules proposed by government agencies. Currently, there is an important “public comment” period that should be of interest to nonprofits along with other employers nationwide; that is, the final regulations issued in May 2016 that make substantial changes in eligibility for overtime pay.  Specifically, these Read More

Charities in the Courtroom, Pt. 13: Creative Differences

Aspen Film, founded in 1979, is a “year-round film arts and education organization.” Appealing to “both the serious cinephile and casual movie lover,” the nonprofit group “organizes a major movie event in every season, offers an extensive education program, and hosts numerous special presentations. Each year, some 30,000 people participate.” It's a membership organization with a 10-member board of trustees and an Read More