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Posted on August 29, 2018

Everyday food may be wasted if potential donors fear liability. The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act protects donors and recipient agencies from liability when distributing donated foods. View this webcast to learn how you and your organization are protected by federal and state laws.

Specifically, the webcast will cover:

– Can your organization be sued if food you donated caused someone to get ill?
– How does the law apply to prepared foods (like applesauce, cooked veggies, etc.)?
– What type of food donations are protected under the law?
– Are there certain conditions for food packaging, content, and expiration date?

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Posted on August 15, 2018

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) prohibits discrimination in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, and other aspects of employment, on the basis of race, color, or national origin

    . Employers are also prohibited from discriminating because of citizenship status against U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and the following classes of aliens with work authorization: permanent residents, temporary residents (that is, individuals who have gone through the legalization program), refugees, and asylees. However, foreign nationals and their potential employers should be aware that there are U.S. immigration regulations associated with both employment and volunteer opportunities. The unlawful employment of foreign nationals by U.S. employers is a violation of federal law and can subject employers to both civil and criminal penalties.

Posted on July 30, 2018

Setting compensation requires considerations under both employment and tax laws. Before getting too creative, please join this webcast so that we may share some legal considerations in situations such as:

    – You’re about to hire a new ED, what factors should you use in determining what the salary will be?
    – Your long-term ED is about to retire, and received a nominal salary during her early years with your nonprofit.
    – Could you greatly increase her salary in her final year, to recognize her contribution to the organization and to try to balance out those early years?
    – Can you keep employees on your company health insurance policy after their retirement?

Presenter: Leah Singleton, Thompson Hine LLP

Click here to view the webcast.

Posted on July 27, 2018

Crowdfunding has become an increasingly popular tool in a nonprofit’s fundraising arsenal, and with good reason. Crowdfunding is essentially a means of asking for online donations to support specific projects and fundraising events. Organizations can pay crowdfunding platforms such as Crowdrise, PayPal Giving Fund, and Kiva, which are fundraising websites specifically geared towards nonprofits, to showcase particular projects and to collect donations on their behalf. Doing so can enable even a small nonprofit to gain national exposure and significantly enhance its funding potential.

With the benefits and popularity surrounding crowdfunding, it is easy to overlook the potential associated legal risks. For every nonprofit currently engaged in or considering engaging in crowdfunding, here are a few of the many factors to consider.

Posted on July 19, 2018

Applying for a trademark is a crucial step in solidifying and protecting your organization’s hard work and reputation. However, when applying for a trademark, your address, email address, and other details of your registration are added to the public domain. This gives unethical companies the opportunity to flood your mailbox and your email with deceiving notices in an attempt to get you to pay for private trademark renewal services you do not need. Please be aware that you are not required to pay for services through these private companies to renew a trademark registration.

Posted on July 10, 2018

Some counties and cities in Georgia require nonprofits to register for a business license. Find out more about what is required.

Posted on July 3, 2018

Nonprofits may be subject to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). This article is intended to provide a general overview of the FMLA. Topics covered in this article are:

    1. What is the FMLA?;
    2. Who qualifies as a “covered” employer and an eligible employee;
    3. Obligations of under the FMLA;
    4. Qualifying reasons for FMLA leave; and 5. What employers are prohibited from doing under the FMLA.
Posted on June 28, 2018

Nonprofits are relying on technology more than ever for efficiency and to meet their mission in a smarter way. Because IT service providers are becoming increasingly critical business partners, it is important to ensure the relationship is on solid footing from the start. To that end, please join us as we discuss some of the important elements to include in and exclude from agreements with technology providers.

During this webinar, our speaker will help nonprofits understand the following concepts and more:
“Clickwrap” end-user agreements and why they are dangerous;
Service level agreements;
Limitation of liability; and
Transition periods

Presenter: Marla Nicholson, Ciner Resources Corporation

Click here to view the webcast.

Posted on June 28, 2018

Homeownership has served as a cornerstone of stability and wealth-building for millions of American families. The process of buying and owning a home comes with challenges, however, and the dream of homeownership can draw scam artists and other predatory actors. Atlanta Legal Aid works with homebuyers and homeowners to protect them from the pitfalls and dangers that come with homeownership. We want your help in making sure that members of the Atlanta community have access to good advice when they are facing questions about homeownership.

This webcast will provide an overview of the following:

  • Overview of the typical home buying process;
  • Predatory products and scams;
  • Practices for maintaining affordability; and
  • The foreclosure process and how to avoid it.
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    Posted on June 28, 2018

    Starting a nonprofit can be a great way to effect social change, but prospective founders should do their homework before forming a new 501(c)(3). Join Jason Qu and Lauren Paley from the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center as we discuss business planning, strategic considerations, and useful resources for start-up nonprofits.

    Click here to listen.