Scandal Erupts at Silicon Valley Community Foundation

In just over ten years, a new community foundation in Silicon Valley - the result of a merger of two existing organizations - grew into one of the nation’s philanthropic powerhouses. With assets totaling $13.5 billion by February 2018, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation became not only the largest community foundation in the United States but also vaulted ahead of venerable philanthropies like the Ford and Read More

Food, Faith, and Fair Labor Standards

On the spectrum of the relative excitement of various types of litigation, an employment law, wage-and-hour, case barely registers. Occasionally, though, one of them is a big deal because of the unusual circumstances - or characters - involved. Three decades ago, in 1985, the United States Supreme Court grappled with a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) lawsuit brought by a colorful cult leader named Tony Alamo. The Read More

Supreme Court Will Decide ERISA Church Plans Exception

The United States Supreme Court makes the final decision in situations where lower courts around the nation have issued conflicting rulings. That’s what will happen in the case of an important pension-related issue affecting hundreds of thousands of workers in nonprofit, religiously affiliated, healthcare centers. On December 2, 2016, the high court granted writs of certiorari in 3 consolidated cases involving Read More

What’s Next for the Overtime Rules?

The new overtime rules that were set to go into effect on December 1, 2016, are a very big deal for all employers, including most nonprofits. As events have unfolded, though, these new rules have been halted - but they still loom on the horizon. All of that may change soon - and no one is sure exactly what will happen. It’s another one of the many issues that have been tossed into a big pot of uncertainty arising Read More

Update: Controversial Overtime Rules Temporarily Halted

UPDATE (11/22/16):  A federal district judge in Texas has issued a preliminary injunction this afternoon temporarily barring implementation of this new overtime rule which had been scheduled to begin on December 1, 2017. The ruling affects all 50 states, not just the 21 states whose attorneys general sued to block the rule. Here is the 20-page order granting the preliminary injunction.   On May 18, 2016, the Read More