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Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio provides publications and answers to frequently asked questions on many topics.

Please note: These publications and FAQs are provided for informational purposes only, without any representation that they are accurate or complete. These materials do not constitute legal advice and should not be construed as such. These materials do not create an attorney-client relationship between the reader and any other person, nor are they an offer to create such a relationship. These materials are current as of the date written, but laws change over time and vary from state to state. As a result, the information presented here may not be timely and/or appropriate for any state not specifically addressed. Consult an attorney if you have questions regarding the content of any of our publications or FAQs.

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Lobbying Restrictions and Reporting Requirements for 501(c)(3) Organizations

501(c)(3) public charities can and should be advocates for change. Public charities can express support or opposition to laws and ballot issues, they can contact lawmakers, and they can mobilize others to do the same. While 501(c)(3) public charities are …

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FAQs: Election-Related Activities and 501(c)(3) Public Charities

501(c)(3) public charities can and should be advocates for change. Public charities can express opposition to laws, they can work towards change, and they can get out the vote. They are often in the best position to advocate on behalf …

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More Clarification on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act

As COVID-19 case numbers remain steady, federal government guidance on employment related issues continues to evolve. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and US Department of Labor recently provided further guidance and clarification.

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Legal Landmines: Nonprofits Navigating Return to Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Nonprofits are not immune to ongoing and developing issues and concerns related to COVID-19, the impact on their workforce and consequently, the ability to meet their mission. By identifying and anticipating what issues will arise, and proactively developing a plan …

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The Importance of Lease Agreements for Tenants in the Operation of a Nonprofit

Nonprofits face unique challenges with respect to space. Some nonprofits serve a specific community and need to be located in a particular area to effectively serve their mission. Others receive monetary assistance from third parties and availability of funds might …

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Allowing Volunteers, Clients and Other Visitors Into Your Nonprofit Facilities

Are you bringing volunteers, clients or others back to your facility? Read below for some resources for your organization.

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Returning to Work Post-Quarantine: Employment Issues and Compliance Webinar

Nonprofit employers have specific concerns they will need to consider and be prepared to address, including applicable social distancing requirements as they relate to their organizations and how the physical workplace may need to be reshaped to accommodate those restrictions. …

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PPP Loan Forgiveness and the New Flexibility Act Webinar

This one hour webinar provides insight into the PPP Loan, including the forgiveness process. as well as  updates and changes related to the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act recently passed by the House and Senate. Video Link Speakers: Stephanie Allgeyer, CPA, …

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Employment Issues to Consider as Nonprofits Get Ready to Re-Open after COVID-19

After weeks (if not months) of state “stay-at-home” and “shelter-in-place” orders, social distancing mandates and telework, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for nonprofits looking to get back to the business of helping others in their …

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PPP Loan Forgiveness Application and More

On May 15th, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released the long anticipated Loan Forgiveness Application. The next several weeks will continue to bring more guidance, and many lending organizations will be updating their systems to account for the requirements. The …

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SBA Issues Additional Guidance on PPP “Necessity” Certification and Safe Harbor Deadline Extended to May 18, 2020

The safe harbor deadline for return of PPP loans HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MAY 18, 2020. Borrowers with PPP loan amounts of less than $2 million (tallied across all affiliates) will be deemed to have made the “necessity” certification in …

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Ongoing COVID-19 Issues for Nonprofit Employers to Consider

By now, most nonprofit employers have taken a variety of steps to address the COVID-19 pandemic, including, for example, furloughs, pay cuts, telework arrangements and outright closures. Talk has now turned to restarting the economy and returning to some semblance …

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Contract Considerations for Nonprofits During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted nonprofit operations throughout Ohio and worldwide. Many of these interruptions include the inability of nonprofit organizations or their partners to fulfill contractual obligations. For a nonprofit, this could look like the cancellation of a gala …

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DOL Issues Temporary Regulations Implementing the FFCRA

Things are changing quickly for nonprofit employers with the current COVID-19 landscape. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued new temporary regulations implementing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) on April 6th. This latest Legal Alert from PBPO offers …

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CARES Act and Nonprofits: Finding Relief with Paycheck Protection Program, Disaster Loans and More

Late Friday, March 27, 2020, the Federal Government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act. This $2 trillion stimulus package allocated $350 billion specifically to help nonprofits like yours. Things are moving quickly, and PBPO wants …

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COVID-19 Legal Issues for Nonprofit Employers

Employers of all sizes and in all industries, including the nonprofit sector, continue to grapple with unique employment law issues in the face of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. Nonprofit organizations, large and small, must maintain compliance with state and federal …

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Board Governance during COVID-19

With Governor DeWine’s stay-at-home order, what started out as social distancing now requires Ohio nonprofit boards to forgo in-person meetings until the COVID-19 crisis has passed. Understandably, board governance may not be at the top of your mind. However, it …

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act: What Nonprofit Employers Need to Know

On March 18, the Senate passed the House’s Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and President Trump signed the bill into law. The Act creates two new emergency leave benefits for eligible employees: (1) emergency paid family and medical leave …

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Navigating a Nonprofit’s Tax Obligations and Exemptions

As a nonprofit, maintaining 501(c)(3) status is essential to operational success. This status is so important because it grants nonprofits exempt status from certain taxes both at the federal and state level and allows donors to make tax-deductible contributions. During …

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Retirement Benefits for Non-Profits: Keys to Structuring and Maintaining a 403(b) Plan

Non-profit organizations constantly compete to attract and retain talented employees, and retirement plans are one tool that can be used to win that competition. While non-profits can sponsor other types of plans, such as 401(k) plans, the most common type …

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Ohio Non-Profits Need to be Proactive in Addressing 2020 Minimum Wage Increase

Starting January 1, 2020, the minimum wage in Ohio will increase to $8.70/hour. The best way for non-profits to minimize any impact on services while also remaining compliant with wage and hour laws is to be proactive about the upcoming …

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Year-End Giving: Receiving and Acknowledging Donations

Do you receive contributions of $250 or more? Have you provided an event ticket, dinner, or other goods or services in return for a donation? Do you accept non-monetary items (such as cars, property, stock)? Do your volunteers incur expenses …

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DOL Overtime Rule: New Minimum Salary Level for Exempt Employees

Employers, are you ready for the new overtime rule?  The minimum salary for exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act is increasing to $35,568 effective January 1, 2020 pursuant to the new rule issued by the Department of Labor …

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Contracting Tips for Nonprofit Organizations: Practical Tips for Non-Attorneys

For most nonprofit organizations, it is no surprise that every dollar counts, even when it comes to budgeting for legal review of a contract. Even with the assistance of organizations like PBPO and their team of volunteer attorneys, it is …

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City of Cincinnati Passes Ordinance Prohibiting Salary Inquiry and Use

The City of Cincinnati has become the latest jurisdiction to adopt an ordinance prohibiting employers from asking about or relying on the prior salary history of prospective employees in setting starting pay. The salary history ban passed March 13, 2019 …

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Insurance 101 for Nonprofits

Video Link (33 minutes) Are you unsure about the types of insurance coverage your nonprofit needs? Do you have coverage but want to know what will happen once you file a claim? ​ This webinar will address what every nonprofit …

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When Donor-Imposed Gift Restrictions Outlive Their Purpose, Ohio Charities May Have a Way Out

For many charitable institutions, accepting gifts subject to certain donor-imposed restrictions is a normal course of business. But what about those restrictions that have outlived their purpose or failed to evolve with the times? This is particularly common for gifts made …

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Employers Should be Aware of New Forms for Background Check Compliance

Due to recent federal regulation, employers must follow new disclosure procedures before performing background checks. Effective September 21, 2018, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued updated model disclosure forms mandated by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The amended …

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Intellectual Property on a Budget

Intellectual Property on a Budget (Webinar) October 2018 Yes, your nonprofit has valuable Intellectual Property (even if you don’t think so)! Nonprofit organizations sometimes overlook one of their most valuable assets—their Intellectual Property. Even nonprofits with limited budgets can take …

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Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Key Considerations for Separation Agreements and Employee Departures

Terminating an employee is possibly one of the most uncomfortable aspects of employment law. Even if an employee has clearly been under-performing, causing problems, or violating policies, employers often struggle with how to let an employee go: What do you say? …

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Board 101: Basic Legal Responsibilities of an Ohio Nonprofit Board Member

Video Link (1 hour) Nonprofit boards have the ultimate responsibility and accountability for the organizations they lead. Does every member of your board understand their legal and fiduciary obligations? Whether you have served on a board for years or if …

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Small Business HRAs: An Employee Health Care Solution

In December 2016,  President Obama signed the “Cures Act” to give small businesses and nonprofits a “new” option for providing health care to employees. The Cures Act restored some of the utility of stand-alone HRAs by exempting small employers from …

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Key Considerations for Employee Handbooks

Does your organization have an employee handbook?  There’s more to it than just having one in place.  Employee handbooks only work if employees and managers know what the policies are and effectively enforce them. This Pro Bono Brief outlines best …

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UPDATE: New Form I-9 Required Starting September 19, 2017

Every employer is required to complete and retain a Form I-9 when hiring a new employee, and a new form has been issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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Understanding CAN-SPAM: Key Considerations for Nonprofits

Does your organization send emails to your mailing list asking recipients to register for your upcoming programs? Does it email invitations to fundraisers or requests for volunteers? If so, like most nonprofits, you are subject to certain notice and opt-out …

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The Fiduciary Responsibilities of Your Board: Starting the New Year on the Right Track

Strong organizations start with strong leadership, and board members play a vital role in nonprofits by sharing their expertise, supporting the mission, and ensuring the sustainability of the organization. Nonprofits often have ideas of the responsibilities they would like their …

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Identify and Reduce Employment Law Risk in 2016

If you have employees, you have employment risks.  As you head into spring, take some time to consider the following four questions.

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Are you Properly Classifying Your Independent Contractors?

Nonprofit organizations that rely significantly on the work of independent contractors should proceed cautiously in light of the recent DOL interpretive guidance saying “most workers” who are classified as independent contractors are actually employees under the Fair Labor Standard Act.

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Department of Labor Proposal Would Make More Employees Eligible for Overtime

Major changes from the Department of Labor (DOL) expected in 2016 could mean that more of your employees will be eligible for overtime. The attached article explains the proposed changes and what they could mean for your organization.

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Do’s and Don’ts of Corporate Sponsorship

Corporate sponsors often provide much-needed funding to nonprofit organizations in return for recognition and other benefits. It is important that your organization be aware of the potential tax consequences of providing benefits to the sponsor that exceed the safe harbors …

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Risks and Rewards of Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding has become an increasingly popular tool in a nonprofit’s fundraising arsenal, and with good reason. Organizations can pay crowdfunding websites to showcase particular projects and events and to collect donations on their behalf. Doing so can enable even a …

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Webinar Series: New Nonprofits

Legal Issues for New Nonprofits On-demand Webinars Your organization received its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS – now what? Legal Issues for New Nonprofits is an eight-part webinar series that provides general legal information about operating a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, …

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Auditing the Nonprofit Website

This article explains why a nonprofit’s website should be reviewed by a lawyer and provides important advice for any nonprofit that hosts a website. Reprinted with permission of Pro Bono Partnership, Inc.

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Monitoring Your Section 501(c)(3) Organization’s Activities with Respect to Political Campaigns

This article overviews the restrictions on nonprofits engaging in political campaign activities. Posted with the permission of the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Trademarks and Service Marks

This article describes how trademarks and service marks can protect a nonprofit organization’s right to use a particular name or logo. It also outlines the process of applying for and maintaining trademark and service mark registration.  Reprinted with permission of Pro …

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