03 Feb

Notes from Oct 19th ONE Luncheon – What Nonprofits Need to Know about Wage & Hour Law

Presenter:  Attorney Denise Blommel

Notes by:  Anne O’Malley Edelstein – Arizona Academic Decathlon

1/3 of workers are contingent workers

Who is a 1099 and who is a w-2 employee?

3 years in minimum wage records available for audits

As of December 1st, 2016 – Exempt salary min.

Overtime pay was instituted to try and increase employment rather than pay overtime.

Minimum wage in AZ is $8.05

FLSA – Overtime

    • 40 work hours per week
    • Can keep a peerson on salary but you can pay overtime.
    • Breaks and meals – one break has to be given only to nursing mom for 1 year per Federal law
    • No breaks required by AZ law – non exempt employees
    • Outside of agriculturural work – no one under 14 years old
    • An employee can bring a civil action suit against an employer

White collar exemptions:

    • Executive, administrative, professional
    • Computer professional is the only one who can be hourly –  all others must me on salary

Salary docking – for an exempt employee can prorate  for the 1st day of work and the last day of work

Safe Harbor – policy must be included in employee handbook

Jan 1st, 2020 – $913 week goes up by the cost of living

Non wage – bonus, commissions, sick pay, vacation pay, certain benefits not included in the $8.05/hour or the $913/week

Industries – exempt from FLSA

    • Amusement park if seasonal
    • Others

Employers – $500,000 revenue threshold

09 Aug

How I Built My Board

by Tom Egan  – FSL

In my previous two positions I found myself in need of rebuilding the Board of Directors, and I feel I was successful in both endeavors. I was recently asked, how did you build your board? My answer lead to this blog post.

I start by working with my existing board to determine what the ideal board would look like. Then we collectively determine what our expectations of board members will be. We create criteria for all board members, and develop a Board of Director job description.  We identify the industries, companies, or skills that we would like to have on our board then set a goal for a number of new board members to be recruited.

I have found that Phoenix is a really big small town, so if you reach out to a few key people and or entities you can get help in building your board of directors. Below is a list that I have found to be incredibly helpful to me in my board building efforts.

Valley Leadership’s LeaderLink: Online platform aimed at building the capacity of the nonprofit sector by connecting trained, engaged volunteer leaders with agencies seeking board members.

Hispanic Leadership Institute: promotes the individual development of Hispanics for increased participation in leadership roles and serves as a principal education and networking resource for expertise and advocacy on leadership issues affecting Latino communities.

Black Board of Directors Project: an advanced leadership program, was started in Phoenix in 1984 to fill the void of Blacks and others on various on corporate, charitable and public policy-making boards and commissions at the local, state and national levels and other leadership positions.

Asian Corporate & Entrepreneur Leaders (ACEL): is a non-profit organization providing Asian American professionals across the Phoenix metropolitan area opportunities to work together to enhance Asian American leadership in our careers, communities and the local government that we live and serve in.

The Manifesto Project: The program encourages organizations to reserve a “shadow” position on their Board of Directors, executive committee, or subcommittee for a high potential young professional who has been matched to their organization or identified internally. Individuals selected will receive high quality board and professional development training through the Manifesto Project’s community partners, be assigned a mentor within the host organization, and serve a 1-year, non-voting term where they will gain invaluable high-level strategic experience in their chosen sector.

State Bar of Arizona: The State Bar of Arizona is a non-profit organization that operates under the supervision of the Arizona Supreme Court. The Bar regulates approximately 18,250 active attorneys and provides education and development programs for the legal profession and the public. The Bar and its members are committed to serving the public by making sure the voices of all people in Arizona are heard in our justice system. There are specialty Bar associations for groups such as: Women, Hispanic, Asian, Young Lawyers, etc.

Trade Associations: There is probably a trade association for whatever profession you are searching for. At my last job, I was searching for a board member with Public Health experience, I was introduced to the American Public Health Association and found a member with this experience.

Community Relations Liaisons: If you are looking for a board member from a specific company, make sure it is their corporate culture to place members of their staff on boards, does your organization’s mission match their philanthropic interests? If so, reach out to their Community Relations staff, share you criteria for board members and see if they are open to a meeting.

05 Aug

Warning – AZ Corporation Com. – Compliance Filings Services Scam

Posted at the request of Karen JayneStardust Nonprofit Building Supplies

The Arizona Corporation Commission (AZ CC) warns AZ business leaders about mailings from Compliance Filings Services (CFS) that solicits a $150 fee to file a company’s annual minutes. AZ CC is not affiliated with Compliance Filings Services.

AZ CC does not require this degree of fee and businesses are not required to file “annual minutes”.

CFS uses language in its solicitation that implies it is informing corporations of a legal requirement, and cites statutes that imply legitimacy. The solicitation includes the AZ CC file number assigned to the business with an official-looking filing deadline. A sample of the solicitation is posted on AZ CC’s website under Consumer Alerts.

If you have received this document, you are not required to reply.