The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued extensive COVID-related Q&A employment guidance, including initial employee screening, questions that may and may not be asked of employees about their health and medical condition, confidentiality of medical information, remote work in relation to disability considerations, and potential litigation issues.
Group tax exemptions have long provided valuable benefits for many nonprofit organizations, allowing them to receive tax-exempt status through a central organization instead of applying directly to the IRS. Through its Notice 2020-36 issued this year, however, the IRS has proposed a new “Revenue Procedure” that could significantly limit and change this traditional administrative benefit for many nonprofits.
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.