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Posted on December 18, 2013

Does your organization conduct criminal background checks on employees and volunteers? If so, you must comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. In this webcast, we will provide you with step-by-step instructions for ensuring that your organization provides job applicants and volunteers with the disclosures and notices required by the law.

Presenters: Craig Bertschi, Kilpatrick Townsend

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Please click here for the Summary of Rights Under FCRA and the Sample Authorization and Disclosure Form

Posted on November 14, 2012

As a nonprofit, your organization may have access to a lot of information about a lot of different people, including clients, volunteers, employees and donors. Information is necessary to enable your organization to better serve your clients, manage your volunteers and employees, and communicate with your donors. But mismanagement of information can have legal consequences or, worse yet, damage your reputation in the community.
This webcast will answer the following questions:

• What are the basic privacy and data security legal and regulatory requirements every nonprofit should know?
• How can your organization collect, use, share, and dispose of personal information without getting into trouble?
• What happens if the personal information you collect is lost or stolen?
• What are some privacy and data security best practices that you can implement today?

Presenter: Stacey Keegan, Home Depot

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Posted on September 5, 2012

Unemployment benefits provide a financial bridge for unemployed individuals to their next source of employment. The unemployment system, however, has a high propensity for being subject to abuse, fraud, and improper claims. With these concerns in mind, this article provides information to ensure you, a nonprofit employer, are in compliance with the Georgia Department of Labor guidelines and to protect your nonprofit organization from improper unemployment claims.

Posted on March 8, 2012

Although 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in Georgia are exempt from federal unemployment taxes (FUTA), they may still have to pay state unemployment taxes. Nonprofit organizations are responsible for unemployment insurance coverage if they employ four or more workers in each of 20 different weeks during a calendar year. At least one officer or director must be included in the count, regardless of whether the officer or director is an employee.

Nonprofit organizations that meet this requirement have an option as to how they manage their unemployment insurance. Like for-profits, they can pay for unemployment claims through Georgia’s unemployment tax system commonly known as SUTA (State Unemployment Taxes and rates). Under this system, unemployment taxes are paid on a regular basis by the employer as a percentage of payroll through a method known as the “contributory” method.

Alternatively, nonprofits can opt for the “reimbursable” method under which the organization chooses to self-insure unemployment claims and would not pay SUTA. Instead, in the event that unemployment benefits are paid to former employees, the nonprofit would reimburse the Georgia Department of Labor for the actual costs of those benefits that were paid by the State. Nonprofits that elect the reimbursable method are often required by the Department of Labor to make a cash deposit or post a surety bond.

All employers, including nonprofit organizations, must register with the Department of Labor as soon as they make their first payroll. And nonprofits that reach the four employee count must either begin to pay state unemployment tax or file an election to choose the reimbursable method.

For more information about unemployment insurance for Georgia nonprofits, Click here.

Posted on December 7, 2011

Although nonprofit organizations in Georgia are exempt from federal unemployment taxes, they may still be responsible for paying state unemployment taxes. This article helps you stay in compliance with state unemployment requirements while alerting you to an option only available to nonprofits.

Posted on December 7, 2011

A frequently asked questions document on running background checks and a list of sources.

Posted on December 7, 2011

A nonprofit should perform some type of background investigation before hiring an employee and, in some cases, before engaging a volunteer. For some positions, it may be sufficient to check the work history and references. For others, it may be necessary to check criminal records, driving records and/or credit history. This article provides guidance on “best practices” for performing background screening.

Posted on December 7, 2011

The newly revised Form 990 now asks directly whether your organization has adopted a whistleblower policy. Learn how a written policy can benefit your board now, and save you pain and trouble later.

Please note that in addition to the legal disclaimer above, this article contains information that is based, in whole or in part, on the laws of the District of Columbia. As a result, the information may not be appropriate for organizations operating outside the District of Columbia.

Posted on June 8, 2011

Georgia has seen some of the highest unemployment rates in the country resulting in historic levels of claims for unemployment insurance. Unemployment insurance is temporary income for workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own. In Georgia, employers pay the entire cost of unemployment insurance benefits but nonprofit employers have options for how they pay those unemployment costs and small nonprofits may not be required to pay at all. Nonprofits can avoid paying unnecessary unemployment costs by understanding the system and appealing improper claims.

During this one hour webcast, our speaker explains:

  • Which employers are required to pay into Georgia’s unemployment tax system;
  • Options for nonprofits in paying unemployment;
  • Who is eligible for unemployment benefits;
  • How to avoid paying unnecessary unemployment costs; and
  • What to expect in an appeal.

Presenter: Tracie Johnson Maurer, Of Counsel, Jackson Lewis LLP

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Posted on February 17, 2010

Nonprofits cannot avoid liability all together. There is always a chance that a client or a volunteer is injured. But a nonprofit can help avoid problems and limit their exposure by using background checks and getting waivers from clients and volunteers.

During this one hour webinar, our speaker discusses:

  • When background checks should be performed and how to perform them
  • Creating a procedure for background checks
  • Client and volunteer waivers

Presenter: Lawton Hawkins, The Coca-Cola Company

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