Employment Law 101 for Nonprofit Animal Sanctuaries

Operating a non-profit animal sanctuary is no easy feat. From rescuing, providing 24/7 care for, and finding loving homes for the sanctuary animal residents, to fundraising to cover the expenses associated with operating a sanctuary consume much of the sanctuary operator’s time, compliance with federal and state employment laws is an important, but often forgotten element to creating a sustainable sanctuary and limiting potential liability. This seminar will focus on the basic employment law requirements that start-up or smaller sanctuaries in particular should be mindful of as they employ staff to help them achieve their mission. Topics covered will include compliancce with complex wage and hour requirements, development of an effective employee handbook, and prevention of discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination claims.

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