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Staying Legal

Staying LegalRunning a nonprofit is not just choosing a mission and doing the work. There are forms to file, red tape to cut through and checklists of things you need to attend to. Our staying legal page provides resources and the latest information about maintaining compliance with legal requirements and IRS regulations.

NH Department of Labor

The NH Department of Labor website provides information and resources employment issues in NH. The site hosts important information for both employers and employees. Be sure to visit their FAQ pages for answers to commonly asked questions on topics such as: They also maintain a list of mandatory workplace posters, available for download as PDFs. View the list of downloadable mandatory workplace posters. Visit the NH Department of Labor website.
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Human Resources | Legal

Legal Update: Firing Someone for Slamming Their Nonprofit Employer on Social Media

With the advent of social media, employees have begun posting comments about their employers on their Facebook pages. Some have gotten fired for it, but in a few cases, employees have been successful in challenging their dismissal as an unfair labor practice. If the dialogue that occurred in a social media posting constitutes "protected concerted activity" then the firing is illegal and the employee can be reinstated. Learn more about "protected concerted activity" and what you can and cannot put in your social media policies.   Read More...
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Human Resources | Legal | Social Media

New Online Courses from Stay Exempt

Stay Exempt – a Website of the IRS office of Exempt Organizations (EO) offers a series of dynamic and comprehensive tax courses that can help your tax-exempt organization maintain its exempt status and meet its filing requirements. EO strives to support the IRS mission of ensuring that all customers understand and meet their tax responsibilities. It does this by offering specialized assistance to the full range of organizations exempt from Federal income tax under the Internal Revenue Code. EO's programs and services help these organizations understand and comply with tax laws and regulations governing their tax-exempt status. Visit to access the resources.
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Legal

Legal Resource Website for Nonprofits

LawForChange™ provides state specific legal resources and information for the US social sector, featuring categories such as:
  • Employment
  • Forms of Organization
  • Governance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Lobbying
  • State Fundraising
View their NH specific resources. Visit LawForChange™.
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Legal

NH Nonprofit Checklist

A one-page document to be used by nonprofits when applying for grant funding, listing all current legal requirements for NH nonprofits. This is intended to be an educational and user-friendly document for nonprofits of all sizes. Read More...
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Legal | Starting a Nonprofit

NH Department of Justice- Division of Charitable Trusts

The Division of Charitable Trusts is responsible for the supervision, administration, and enforcement of charitable trusts, charitable solicitations, and charitable sales promotions in New Hampshire. Their website includes information about laws and regulations affecting NH nonprofits, how to register as a NH nonprofit, and other information important for NH nonprofits. Visit the Charitable Trusts Unit website.
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Legal

IRS Tax Information for Charities & Other Nonprofits

The IRS has a resource center for charities and other nonprofits with information about how to apply for tax exempt nonprofit status, e-filing for nonprofits, regulations governing charitable donations, and more. Visit the IRS resource center.
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Legal

I Survived an IRS Audit

Blue Avocado shares the story of Karl Dickson, treasurer of a small environmental organization in Milwaukee, and how he survived his first IRS audit. Read the story on Blue Avocado.
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Legal

Devine Millimet

Legal issues around employment are often complex. The Employment Law Hotline is available to members through a partnership between the Center and Devine Millimet. Members have access during normal business hours to the Hotline's attorneys to ask questions related to matters of employment.
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Posted on: January 26, 2013
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