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President Biden Increases Federal Contractor Minimum Wage

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
On April 27, 2021, President Biden signed an Executive Order on Increasing the Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors to pay a $15 minimum wage to workers who are working on federal contracts. The White House Fact Sheet states: “Starting January 30, 2022, all agencies will need to incorporate a $15 minimum wage in new contract […]

Help Desk FAQ: HR Checklist for Hiring Your First Employee

by Guest Blogger
Bringing on your first employee is an important step for many organizations as they grow and need additional support and expertise to continue their mission. As it may mean becoming an employer for the first time if an organization was previously volunteer run, here are some important considerations when hiring your first employee. Benefits and […]

A Roundup of Nonprofit Compensation Reports: Strengths + Weaknesses

by Guest Blogger
There are many different sources of compensation data available to job seekers and employers. This post is part of a series on compensation in nonprofit organizations in Maine and provides a brief overview of the different sources to help you decide which sources make the most sense for your purpose. This is not a comprehensive […]

Four Biggest Mistakes People Make When Using Compensation Survey Data

by Guest Blogger
The 2020 Report on Nonprofit Wages and Benefits will be published soon. In advance of publishing, here are four mistakes to avoid when using compensation data: Mistake #1: Thinking the data are more than guidelines. Surveys are a snapshot in time reflecting the practices of those organizations who responded. The data is a record of […]

Five Questions To Ask When Setting the Compensation Philosophy You Need

by Guest Blogger
In the nonprofit community we know our people are our greatest assets, so what is your organization doing to attract and retain the talent and commitment you need to effectively meet your mission? Compensation is one important variable in creating a desirable, productive and healthy workplace. Has your organization set its compensation philosophy? When MANP […]

U.S. Department of Labor Proposes New Overtime Rule

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
Reprinted with permission from National Council of Nonprofits. The U.S. Department of Labor released its proposed rule updating the overtime salary threshold under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, reopening rulemaking on an issue that has drawn significant attention and controversy over the past four years. The salary threshold for the white-collar exemption from overtime […]

Highlights from New Report on Maine Nonprofit Compensation

by Molly O'Connell
Nonprofits employ 16% of Maine workers and are essential partners in our state’s workforce development efforts, so understanding nonprofit compensation trends is a critical element of attracting and retaining talent to our state. What compensation trends stand out from MANP’s recently released Report on Nonprofit Wages + Benefits in Maine? 1. Nonprofit employment reflects the […]

Update: Department of Labor Renews Overtime Rule Review

by Jennifer Gray
Updated (September 1) From our partner, the National Council of Nonprofits A federal judge in Texas ruled yesterday (in State of Nevada v. U.S. Department of Labor), as expected, that the Overtime Final Rule is invalid because the U.S. Department of Labor exceeded its authority in setting a high salary-level test that denied exempt status to […]

BREAKING NEWS: Court Issues Injunction Blocking DOL Overtime Rules

by Mary Erin Casale
Federal Judge Blocks Overtime Rule Late on Tuesday, a federal district judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking implementation of the Overtime Final Rule, ruling that the U.S. Department of Labor exceeded its authority. Barring a last-minute appeal, the overtime rule will not go into effect as scheduled on December 1 because of this decision. […]

Help Desk FAQ: What should you pay your executive director?

by Molly O'Connell
What should you pay your executive director? Nonprofit boards are responsible for establishing “reasonable and not excessive” compensation, that is attractive enough to retain the best possible talent to lead the organization. It’s an art, not a science, but to strike the balance, the board should use a three-step process referred to as the “rebuttable presumption“ used to establish […]