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Posted on November 17, 2017

Just like other employers, the FLSA’s overtime and wage payment requirements often trip up nonprofits. For instance, do you think you don’t have to pay overtime because your employees are salaried? You may need to think again.
During this webinar, our speaker helps nonprofits understand:
– Who qualifies for an exemption from the FLSA’s overtime requirements;
– Lunches? Travel? Coffee Breaks… What counts as hours worked;
– How to calculate overtime if it must be paid; and
– How to protect your organization from wage and hour liability.

Presenter: Corey Goerdt, Fisher and Phillips

Posted on October 31, 2017

Disability accommodation issues can be challenging in any workplace, including the nonprofit workplace. This article provides general information and guidance for nonprofits on how to identify an accommodation request under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and how to address such a request once it is received.

Because requests for accommodation can raise significant legal issues, Pro Bono Partnership clients should contact us if they have any questions about such a request, or if they are contemplating denying such a request.

Posted on September 22, 2017

Nonprofits can offer robust benefits packages to attract and retain employees. During this webinar, our speaker will provide an overview of the following types of employee benefits that nonprofits can offer, along with a discussion of the regulatory requirements and the pros and cons of each type of benefit:
– Tax-qualified retirement benefits;
– Executive compensation; and
– Health and welfare benefits

Presenter: Constance Brewster of Troutman Sanders

Posted on September 1, 2017

Internal investigations of employee complaints and concerns are critical components of legal compliance and effective employee relations.

This presentation will enable participants to:
Determine when an investigation is needed and why
Maximize interviews as a tool to gather information
Analyze information gathered impartially and fairly
Determine credibility
Draw appropriate conclusions and take action

Presenter: Ginger McRae, Employment Practices Solutions

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Posted on August 1, 2017

Nonprofits can have an obligation to respond to garnishment actions related to the wages they pay employees. These obligations can vary by county in Georgia, and failing to respond can lead to the organization incurring expense and potentially being responsible for the debts of an employee.

During this webinar, our speaker helps nonprofits understand:
· What is garnishment?
· What happens when my employee’s wages are subject to garnishment?
· What do I have to do when my nonprofit receives garnishment paperwork?
· What can happen if I fail to respond to garnishment paperwork?
· What can I do to fix a problem caused by not responding to a garnishment?

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Posted on July 7, 2017

Even if they have done everything “right”, employers who terminate employees will sometimes get sued. So, if doing things by the book is not enough, what is? The answer is to avoid doing the things that might inspire a former employee to visit an attorney. In this article, an attorney who has been litigating employment claims for over 20 years shares four lessons she has learned.

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta clients should contact us before terminating an employee for advice on how to avoid legal problems.

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Posted on June 23, 2017

Nonprofits rely heavily on volunteers to help serve the community. However, a nonprofit may have enough paid staff to fall under the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act. If so, the nonprofit has several responsibilities to its employees both before and after a work accident. By following the system, a nonprofit can minimize the impact of a work accident on its ability to serve the community. This webcast will address several questions about workers’ compensation including:

· Does my nonprofit need workers’ compensation coverage?
· What benefits will an injured employee receive?
· How can a nonprofit minimize its workers’ compensation risks?

Posted on March 27, 2017

Even if they have done everything “right” when terminating an employee, employers will occasionally get sued. So, if doing things by the book is not enough, what is? The answer is to avoid what inspires a former employee to visit an attorney. Here are four lessons learned from an attorney who has litigated employment claims for over 20 years.

Posted on March 2, 2017

Many nonprofit employers conduct background checks on potential employees and volunteers. Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”), employers must obtain a signed Disclosure and Authorization form from an applicant before conducting a background check. The FCRA requires that the form be a completely standalone document, without any additional information. A court recently ruled that employers may not include in the form language asking the applicant to release the company from liability in connection with the background check. An employer that includes such language in the form rather than presenting it in a separate document is potentially liable for significant damages and court costs.

Posted on February 2, 2017

All employers must properly complete a Form I-9 for every person they hire in the United States. The USCIS recently issued a revised version of the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 and, as of January 22, 2017, employers must only use the new version of this form.

This article includes more information on the revised I-9 and a reminder about the requirement that certain Georgia employers also use e-Verify to verify immigration status for employees.