Nonprofit Executive Staffing: 10 Best Practices

Your nonprofit has just identified a capable and promising executive candidate, perhaps for executive director, chief financial officer, or another high-level position within the organization. And the candidate has accepted! What should be negotiated and worked out for that person’s employment? How can the board promote a positive working relationship with clarity and optimal opportunity for success? The following key areas warrant attentiveness at the beginning of this critical engagement, to promote a healthy, effective, and legally compliant employment relationship.

Health Reimbursement Arrangements: Bringing Back Flexibility

Thanks to a new federal rule, employers may more flexibly either (a) provide pre-tax reimbursements for their employees’ individual health insurance premiums and other expenses, or (b) pay such expenses directly on employees’ behalf.  Effective January 1, 2020, such pre-tax availability has been reinstated, following the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s elimination and only a limited version under the 2016 21st Century Cures Act, but with some new twists. As a result, employers and their employees now enjoy more pre-tax options for health benefits, albeit with increasing complexity and varied conditions.

Lobbying in Chicago: Nonprofit Compliance Challenges

Is your nonprofit affected by Chicago’s amendments to its lobbying ordinance?  Last summer, the City of Chicago updated applicable lobbying registration and other requirements, including new applicability for nonprofit employees and other advocates.  On January 14, 2020, the Chicago Board of Ethics issued three binding advisory opinions aimed at nonprofit lobbying compliance, with a strong emphasis on ethics and transparency coupled with the promise of more guidance to come. Enforcement of the nonprofit registration provisions in the lobbying ordinance has been delayed until April 20, 2020. Here’s what responsible nonprofit leaders need to know now about Chicago lobbying, and how they can best prepare.