Advocacy Is Our Job – Message From The President

In the past few months, we've seen a number of proposals from the new federal administration that would have a significant impact on the nonprofit sector. We, as nonprofits, have the expertise and experience to know how these proposals will affect our day-to-day work, and we must use that expertise to advocate for the solutions we think are most effective.

TAKE ACTION! Nonprofit Nonpartisanship Under Attack in Congress

As we noted in our February e-Newsletter, the US House of Representatives and US Senate have introduced legislation to repeal the ban on partisan activity by 501(c)(3) nonprofits. This legislation would, in effect, allow 501(c)(3) nonprofits to become political organizations, which would turn nonprofits into political operatives.

Overtime Regulations in New York State In Effect as of December 31, 2016

Source: Overtime Regulations in New York State In Effect as of December 31, 2016

As we reported in New York Nonprofits' October Issue, federal overtime regulations are currently on hold while the U.S. District Court in Texas moves forward with the case.

“Ethics Bill” Creates New Funding Disclosure Regime for 501(c)(3)s

Earlier this year, the NYS Governor signed into law, Bill No. A10742/S8160 (the “ethics bill”) which, in relevant part, requires that 501(c)(3)s disclose some of their donor identities if that 501(c)(3) makes in kind or monetary donations to any 501(c)(4) that engages in significant lobbying in NY.  This requirement went into effect on November 22nd.

DOL Final Rule on Paid Sick Leave for Employees of Federal Contractors

The DOL Final Rule on sick leave for federal contracts will NOT apply to most nonprofits because grants and cooperative agreements are not covered. However, as the Rule does apply to subcontracts, nonprofits should review their sources of federal funding to ensure that they are not covered.