Working to Address Employment Issues in Nonprofits

Nonprofit employers gathered at 16 Beacon to learn about the new Employment Law Pro Bono Project, a partnership between Lawyers Clearinghouse and the BBA's Labor & Employment section.

Nonprofit employers gathered at 16 Beacon to learn about the new Employment Law Pro Bono Project, a partnership between Lawyers Clearinghouse and the BBA’s Labor & Employment section.

 Nonprofit employers gathered at 16 Beacon to learn about the new Employment Law Pro Bono Project, a partnership between Lawyers Clearinghouse and the BBA’s Labor & Employment section.

The BBA’s Labor & Employment Section has teamed up with BBF Grantee Lawyers Clearinghouse to help nonprofits address employment issues. The “Employment Law Pro Bono Project” will help provide cash strapped nonprofits with legal assistance on essential employment law issues, including:

  • Compliance
  •  Wage and Hour Law
  •  Wage Payment
  •  Personnel Policy Development
  •  ADA Awareness

This new partnership seeks to address both the increasing need for such services by nonprofits and the lack of pro bono opportunities for employment lawyers by matching the two together.

We caught up with Labor & Employment Section Co-Chair Mark Burak (Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak, & Stewart, P.C.), to get a little more background on the origins of the program. Here’s what he had to say:

Burak, Mark“The primary drivers for the initiative was: (a) the glaring need non-profits have for legal assistance in compliance with employment laws and (b) the lack of opportunity for many management-side lawyers to engage in pro bono work (as they are often limited by firm policies that do not allow representation of employee side clients, pro bono or otherwise).  The BBA L&E committee saw a real opportunity to assist smaller non-profits while providing a great outlet for pro bono work for both management and employee side lawyers.”

We’re excited to report this new development and will be updating you with more information and specifics as the program gets underway. In the meantime, kudos to the BBA’s Labor & Employment Section and Lawyers Clearinghouse for spearheading this important initiative.