• Nonprofit Workshop Series

  • The Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit Workshop Series provides a perfect opportunity for local nonprofit leaders to learn from business and nonprofit professionals while exploring relevant resources available through the Chamber of Commerce. Nonprofit staff, board of directors, potential board members, and volunteers are welcome to join our enlightening sessions. Organizations do not need to be members of our Chamber of Commerce to participate.

  • ** This one is in the books! STAY TUNED for the next Nonprofit Workshop **

    Join us for the third Nonprofit (Online) Workshop of the year!

    "Taking a Direct, Active Approach to Retirement Plan Administration"

    About this free webinar event:

    Silicon Valley's dynamic business environment often lures top talent away from nonprofits. In order to attract and retain talent, a well-designed and prudently-managed retirement plan is essential. Organizations that offer a 403(b) are not able to rely on the same ERISA regulations that prevent excessive fee structures. As a result, nonprofit employees earn less while paying more in fees to save for retirement. Unfortunately, many nonprofits that offer a 401(k) are also left in the dark when it comes to benchmarking fees and uncovering red flags within their plan. 

    Join the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce for an industry insider's take on how your nonprofit can level the 403(b) & 401(k) playing field. William Huston, Director of Institutional Services, along with several local advisors from Bay Street Capital will cover:

    • Compliance & Plan Governance

    • 408(b)2 Fee Disclosures & 5500 Inconsistencies

    • Vendor Search, Selection, & Implementation

    • Active Plan Management

    • Participant Solutions

    Who should attend?

    • Plan sponsors, fiduciaries, and individuals who oversee the 401(k) or 403(b).

    • Open to all nonprofit organizations

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

    Co-sponsored by:

     

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  • New Law for Employers New Law for Employers

    FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT (FFCRA)

    The full text of the FFCRA can be found here.

    The FFCRA is a new federal law that requires employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide two new paid leave benefits for eligible employees affected by the COVID-19 virus in 2020. This applies only to those employees (not already laid off) who are home sick. The leave requirements generally provide paid sick time or paid leave under certain circumstances (as described more fully in the notice poster, link #4, below). The FFCRA also provides tax credits that may help employers provide the paid leave benefits.

    The FFCRA helps the U.S. combat workplace effects of COVID-19 by reimbursing American private employers that have fewer than 500 employees with tax credits for the cost of providing employees with paid leave, taken for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The law enables employers to keep workers (who are home sick with COVID-19 related illness and therefore unable to work, even remotely) on their payrolls, while at the same time ensuring that workers are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus. The Departmnt's Wage and Hour Division administers the paid leave portions of the FFCRA.

    If an employer has fewer than 50 employees and providing the paid leave benefits would jeopardize the viability of the business as a going concern, the small business exemption may apply. Employers who believe they qualify for the exemption should document why the business meets the exemption criteria unless and until the Department of Labor issues additional guidance on claiming the exemption.

    Effective April 1, 2020, employers are required to properly notify their employees of the new FFCRA leave benefits and implement the requirements.

    Below are links to important resources that contain compliant employee notices, guidance, and recommendations for employers subject to the FFCRA.

    1. Department of Labor: COVID-19 and the American Workplace
    2. Fact Sheet: FFCRA – Employee Paid Leave Rights (in English)
    3. Fact Sheet: FFCRA – Employer Paid Leave Requirements (in English)
    4. Compliant FFCRA notice poster for private-sector employees (in English)
    5. Department of Labor FAQ for the FFCRA employee notice poster

    courtesy of Montgomery & Hansen, LLP

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