Date: 07/28/2021
Time: 1 pm eastern
Run Time: 90 minutes including Q & A session
Leader: Dr. Jim Castagnera, attorney at law
Credits: Awarded 1.5 credit hours by HRCI and 1.5 PDCs by SHRM
Price:  Webinar $295; Webinar + Download $349 (Share the download with your colleagues)
Audience: Executive directors, program managers, managers, supervisors, directors, etc.


You don’t have to be an attorney to be a successful nonprofit executive, but a good working knowledge of the employment laws and the regulations applicable to your employees and volunteers can go a long way towards keeping you out of trouble. Nonprofit executives are often attracted to the organization because of its mission and may not have legal training, but their management decisions can have serious legal consequences for the organization and personally for the executive.

The federal and state employment laws and regulations which impact your organization include wage and hour, employee benefits, and employment discrimination. Some of the federal and state statutes and regulations which fall into these categories may be familiar. The federal Fair Labor Standards Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and many more provide a maze that can be difficult to navigate without a map.

Stay within the boundaries of the law, however. and your organization should be able to successfully defend itself if a disgruntled employee ever files a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Department of Justice, the Department of Labor or with state enforcement entities. Failure to find your way through the maze can result in your organization, and even you and other individuals, being fined and subjected to other penalties as well. You can also be selected for an audit by the DOJ, the DOL or a state agency. A hit here can be truly staggering from both a financial and reputational standpoint.

Please join Dr. Jim Castagnera, an employment law attorney with decades of experience, as he covers in “plain English” and with practical examples the major provisions of the employment laws and regulations you need to be most concerned with. He’ll not only explain the key provisions, but also possible areas of reputational and financial risk for your organization and personal liability exposure for you in the event your found not to be in compliance.


During this informative and important webinar, Dr. Castagnera will discuss:

  • Key provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act including exempt vs. non-exempt worker classification, independent contractor requirements, minimum wage requirements, paying overtime, etc.
  • Wage and hour compliance risks for employers relating to misclassifying nonexempt employees as exempt, classifying actual employees as independent contractors, misusing your independent contractors, and turning them into employees, turning volunteers into employees, etc.
  • Employer-compliance risks involving the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Occupational Safety & Health Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and other mandated employee benefits and worker protection requirements.
  • Employment discrimination laws and regulations including Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the ADA.
  • Employer-discrimination risks involving retaliation, harassment, failure to engage meaningfully in the ADA interactive process, and failure to accommodate.
  • Requirements relating to the management of your volunteers. How to avoid unknowingly turning your volunteers into employees, as well as employers’ responsibility for the actions of their volunteers.


Jim Castagnera holds an M.A. in journalism from Kent State University, and a J.D. and Ph.D. (American studies) from Case Western Reserve University. He worked 10 years as a labor, employment, and intellectual-property attorney with Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr and 23 years as associate provost & legal counsel for academic affairs at Rider University, where in 2018 he received the university’s highest annual award for distinguished service. He also did stints as a full-time law professor at UT-Austin and Widener University Law School.

Having retired from Rider in 2019, he is engaged in a portfolio of activities: member and chief consultant of Holland Media Services LLC, a communications and training company with offices in Philadelphia and Los Angeles; member of Portum Group International LLC, a cyber security & privacy consulting firm in Philadelphia; of counsel to Washington International Business Counsel; and adjunct professor of Law in the Kline School of Law at Drexel University