Register Today for Volunteers Vs. Interns DOVIA Workshop

Register Today for Volunteers Vs. Interns DOVIA Workshop

Ever wonder what the true difference is between a volunteer and an intern? Involving both interns and volunteers is incredibly beneficial to an agency, but it’s important to know what the laws and best practices are in order to have the most effective program in place.

Sean D. Devereaux, Manager of Volunteer Services at the Aquarium of the Pacific, will be leading this workshop with a panel of representatives from local colleges and universities who will discuss the benefits and details of their program.

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July 17th, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm at the Braille Institute 741 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles
Free parking is available in the Braille Institute’s structure, off New Hampshire Avenue.

New Rules for Interns

spotlight-consultingservices-011714In 2014, the California Legislature passed several new laws affecting employers, ranging from the heavily publicized sick-leave statute, requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to employees, to the less-hyped Assembly Bill 326, amending the Labor Code to now permit employers to report workplace accidents via email.

Below is a review of some of the significant employment-related laws that will affect employers in the coming year and suggestions on what employers should do to prepare for the impending changes. Unless otherwise indicated, each new law will become effective as of January 1, 2015.

Assembly Bill 1443 provides new legal protections for unpaid interns and volunteers with respect to harassment and discrimination. Employers may be liable for violations of California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) if their unpaid interns or volunteers are unlawfully harassed, discriminated against on the basis of a legally protected classification, or not provided religious accommodations as applied to employees. In addition to updating their anti-harassment and other relevant policies to include interns and volunteers, employers should notify interns and volunteers of both their rights under this new law and the company’s complaint procedures.

Get more information at http://swerdlowlaw.com/2014/12/12/california-employment-law-update-2015/.

Success with Internships

Success with Internships

The most successful internships serve a dual purpose—to provide your nonprofit with some extra person-power and to provide your interns with a positive work experience. Done right, the benefits can be numerous; your organization can gain a new perspective on organizational issues, receive extra help with projects in need of completion or even recruit its next full-time employee. Read More »

Hiring Summer Interns And Volunteers: It’s More Complicated Than You Might Think

Hiring Summer Interns And Volunteers: It’s More Complicated Than You Might Think

Now that summer is nearly upon us, you may have students looking for hands-on work experience contacting you, offering to work as unpaid volunteers or interns.

But many employers are not up to speed on the strict state and federal guidelines regarding who is legally considered an employee entitled to be paid at least minimum wage. And mistakes can trigger claims for back wages and overtime, plus penalties. Read More »