Abuse of children and other vulnerable persons is always tragic, to be closely guarded against on any level. For nonprofit organizations like churches, schools, and social service providers that care for vulnerable individuals, it is imperative that such organizations use strong protective measures. For optimal personal safety and organizational risk management, these measures warrant careful development, board approval, a written policy document provided to all workers, and implementation through training and other follow-through. An effective abuse protection policy can significantly reduce the risk to vulnerable individuals and the organization, and provide a safe framework in which the nonprofit can care for at-risk persons.
Gathering in person for nonprofit programs, religious worship, and work: how does a nonprofit engage in these activities mid-pandemic? With masks becoming ubiquitous, people yearning to connect, and Zoom tolerance tiring, nonprofit leaders are taking a variety of approaches for operating amidst coronavirus-related restrictions. In our law practice, we are seeing precautions for religious worship, school activities, and other social service programming.
President Trump's COVID-19 Executive Orders on Unemployment and Payroll Taxes: More Questions than Answers
To what extent may unemployment benefits be enhanced and payroll taxes be deferred, as a result of President Trump’s recently issued Executive Orders? Issued on August 8, 2020, the Orders and related Memoranda to Cabinet and Executive Agency leaders seek to extend COVID-19 relief measures to individuals and businesses by reviving prior Congressionally authorized relief measures under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act. Two of the Orders provide for partial continuation of enhanced unemployment benefits ($400 weekly) and suspended payroll tax collection. This executive branch action, however, leaves much to government agency heads in terms of implementation. Additionally, it will likely require some congressional agreement in terms of financial appropriations, as well as significant collaboration from state governments, to yield any meaningful results.