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Staff + Volunteer Management

Help Desk FAQ: Can Nonprofits Require COVID-19 Vaccines?

by Katie Manter
Our Member Help Desk has received more and more questions from nonprofits seeking guidance on how to return to the office and in-person services and programs safely, with many of the questions concerning how to handle communications, policies, and practices about vaccines. We reached out to our Friends at Verrill with the most common vaccine […]

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: Making the Leap from All-Volunteer to (gulp!) Paid Staff

by Guest Blogger
This guest post is part of MANP’s ongoing Mission Driven Leadershift initiative, which offers resources, services and programs to help Maine nonprofits successfully prepare for and manage leadership transition. Consider this scenario to see if it sounds familiar: You and some other volunteers identified a need and formed a nonprofit organization to meet it. What started […]

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 […]

New IRS Guidance for Employee Retention Tax Credit

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
The Internal Revenue Service issued on March 1st guidance for employers claiming the employee retention tax credit for calendar quarters in 2020, as established under CARES Act and modified by the year-end COVID relief bill (Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020). According to the IRS, the guidance in Notice 2021-20 PDF is similar to […]

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 […]

Paid Leave: State + Federal Updates

by Guest Blogger
Reprinted with permission from The Maine Nonprofit Law E-Bulletin September 2020, by Robert H. Levin, Attorney-at-Law with the Law Office of Robert H. Levin. Paid Leave Under Maine’s New Law… Heads up to all Maine nonprofit employers having 11 or more employees: Maine’s earned paid leave law takes effect on January 1. I wrote about […]

This Practice Matters When Posting a Job

by Katie Manter
With the only job board in Maine exclusively dedicated to nonprofit employment opportunities and over 16,000 visits per month, we recognize our unique position to influence more inclusive and equitable hiring processes in the sector. One step we’ve taken is requiring a salary or wage in job postings, which is a practice that models transparency […]