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Of Safety and Second Chances: Applying Illinois' Amended "Ban-the-Box" Law to Child Safety Screening

Is the Illinois’ Employee Background Fairness Act a game-changer for nonprofits’ child safety screening? This new law, passed earlier in 2021, makes it a civil rights violation for employers to reject applicants or otherwise take adverse action against employees based on their criminal convictions. But thankfully, and sensibly, nonprofits that provide children’s programs, such as schools, sports activities, and childcare services, are fully able to consider individuals’ criminal records in assessing their suitability for working with children. Organizational leaders should now do so more thoughtfully with respect to their employees, and with continued complete discretion for their volunteer workers.

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Boone County Judge Orders Permanent Injunction Against Gov. Beshear's COVID-19 Orders

WKYT Boone Circuit Judge Richard A. Brueggemann granted a permanent injunction against Gov. Andy Beshear's COVID-19 orders Tuesday.

Christian Colleges Seek to Defend Title IX Religious Exemption

Inside Higher Ed The Council of Christian Colleges and Universities filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit that seeks to overturn a religious exemption to Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in education.

Some Summit County Nonprofits May Be Hit with a Surprise Tax Bill

Park Record A handful of nonprofit organizations in Summit County might have to pay property taxes on millions of dollars worth of property they own after they did not receive property tax exemption this year.

DeSantis Signs Bill That Shields Sarasota's Selby Gardens from Losing Exemption

Herald-Tribune A sweeping tax bill that includes language shielding nonprofits such as Sarasota's Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, which has been embroiled in a tax dispute, from losing their full tax exempt status in such scenarios was signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis Friday.

Catholic student’s freedom of speech vindicated, prompts end to lawsuit

Alliance Defending Freedom Florida State University has agreed to settle a lawsuit after the school and its student senate unconstitutionally retaliated last year against Student Senate President Jack Denton for sharing his personal religious beliefs with other students.

New law will lower state fees for charities

TimesNews  There’s a new law in Tennessee to lower all charitable fees for the upcoming fiscal year.

Know The Law: A nonprofit board’s duties when ceasing operations

NH Union Leader  What are the duties/responsibilities of a non-profit organization and/or its board of directors regarding surplus funds and physical inventory should that nonprofit decide to cease operations?

IRS Reminds Tax-Exempt Organizations to File Information and Tax Returns by May 17

Maui Now  The Internal Revenue Service issued a reminder that May 17 is the due date for tax-exempt organizations operating on a calendar-year basis to provide certain annual information.

Volunteers of America Southwest Accused of Double-Billing, Fraud and Conflicts

Voice of San Diego  In October 2018, James McGowan was a financial clerk for a prominent San Diego charity, Volunteers of America Southwest. While working in the company’s accounting software, he noticed some odd payments to new companies he’d never seen.

Legislature Passes Punitive Measures Aimed at Environmental Nonprofits

Independent Record The Legislature on Wednesday passed a bill that takes special aim at environmental groups and other charitable organizations that have federal 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.

Boone County Judge Orders Permanent Injunction Against Gov. Beshear's COVID-19 Orders

WKYT Boone Circuit Judge Richard A. Brueggemann granted a permanent injunction against Gov. Andy Beshear's COVID-19 orders Tuesday.

Christian Colleges Seek to Defend Title IX Religious Exemption

Inside Higher Ed The Council of Christian Colleges and Universities filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit that seeks to overturn a religious exemption to Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in education.