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Understanding the Fundamentals of the Employment Relationship: A Four-Part Employment Law Course for Nonprofit Executives

Wednesday October 23

  • By: D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program
  • Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Time Zone: Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • Location:
    Crowell & Moring LLP
    1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW
    Washington, DC
  • Contact:
    Lauren Paley
    D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program
  • Website:

The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, in partnership with the Center for Nonprofit Advancement and the law firm of Crowell & Moring, is offering a four part employment law course for nonprofit executives, entitled:

Understanding the Fundamentals of the Employment Relationship:
A Four-Part Employment Law Course for Nonprofit Executives

The course will be offered every Wednesday, starting October 23, 2013 through November 13, 2013, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm:

  • October 23, 2013

Hiring,Terminating and Managing Employee Performance: This session will focus on the hiring process, including how to avoid discrimination claims when filling a position and what to include in an employee's offer letter. It will also discuss how to manage an employee's performance so that the employer can address problems before they become serious. Finally, it will discuss what steps an employer must take if it has to terminate someone's employment.

  • October 30, 2013

Prohibitions on Employment Discrimination: This session will explain the various laws that prohibit employers from discriminating against their employees based on an employee's individual attributes, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the DC Human Rights Act. It will also focus on strategies to avoid employment discrimination claims.

  • November 6, 2013

Employee Compensation and Classification: This session will focus on a nonprofit's minimum wage and overtime obligations under federal and DC law; the rules applicable to part-time employees; and the wage-related obligations regarding departing employees. This session will also address the distinction between employees and indepdendent contractors.

  • November 13, 2013

Employee Benefits: This session will focus on the federal and local laws relating to employee benefits, with special emphasis on the impact the Affordable Care Act will have on nonprofit employers and explain the nonprofit's legal responsibilities for its employer-sponsored benefit plans.

The course will be taught by experienced lawyers from the law firm of Crowell & Moring LLP who have substantial expertise in dealing with employment law matters.

The course is designed to give participants a comprehensive overview of the employment laws that impact nonprofits, including laws dealing with employment discrimination, minimum wage and overtime and family medical leave. It will also discuss how to determine if someone should be treated as an independent contractor or an employee. We will cover important employment related issues such as what an employer must consider before making the decision to terminate an employee and how to deal with claims of sexual and other forms of harassment. The course will also review federal and local laws relating to employee benefits and compensation, with a special emphasis on the Affordable Care Act.

The course is designed for nonprofit executives with significant human resource responsibilities and other staff that seek to develop their capabilities.

There is a one-time charge of $25 to cover the cost of materials. Refreshments are included.

Please click here to register for the course.

To learn more about the course, please see the attached brochure.

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