Is a Compensated Nonprofit Officer an Employee?

Nonprofits with compensated workers must respect applicable laws governing the distinction between employees and independent contractor. Getting it wrong can result in significant risk exposure to the organizations and even personal liability to board members. For example, nonprofits that misclassify workers as independent contractors may be responsible for unpaid...

Briefing: AB 5 and the Arts

California Alliance for Arts Education and Californians for the Arts held a briefing on AB 5 and its implications for the arts field on March 3, 2021. Attorney Arlene Yang of Meyers Nave provided an overview of AB 5 and the follow-up bill AB 2257 and described how they...

Nonprofit Radio: Equitable Compensation

I’ll be on on Nonprofit Radio this Friday, February 21, at 10:30 am PT / 1:30 pm ET talking with host Tony Martignetti about charity compensation and pay equity. You can listen live on Talking Alternative. The archived podcast will be available a few days after the show airs. Corporate and tax attorneys who provide “nonprofit...

Affiliated Organizations: Sharing Employees

It is becoming increasingly common to see 501(c)(3) organizations affiliated with 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations or 501(c)(6) business leagues. Such affiliations provide an ability to coordinate activities and share resources to further a common goal. But the affiliated organizations must maintain appropriate separation to mitigate against the risks of...

Kathy Has Questions: Volunteers

This post on volunteers is the first in a series prompted by questions from my friend Kathy, who has been an active volunteer, but never an employee or board member, within the nonprofit sector. We hope this perspective will be helpful to both volunteers and nonprofit managers and board...

Nonprofit Radio: Unpaid Interns

I’ll be on Nonprofit Radio this Friday at 10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET discussing with host Tony Martignetti what nonprofits need to know about unpaid interns and recent developments in the law. Catch us live on Talking Alternative or a few days later on iTunes. Synopsis Many nonprofits (and for-profits) make use of unpaid...