The Center is appreciative of Representative Brandon Lofton (D-Mecklenburg) and Senator Mike Woodard (D-Durham) for introducing legislation to bring state nonprofit statutes into better alignment with best practices for nonprofit organizations.
The Center recently visited Washington, DC to advocate with our members of Congress on nonprofit issues. These include:
1. Protecting nonprofit nonpartisanship.
3. Universal charitable deduction.
4. 2020 U.S.Census
5. Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
At the Center’s recommendation, both the House and Senate included a provision in their regulatory reform bills that could save money for many small nonprofits with fewer than three employees. Under state law, any employer with three or more employees is required to purchase workers’ compensation insurance. The definition of “employee” in the current law includes nonprofit board officers, meaning that small nonprofits with three or more board officers (i.e. almost all nonprofits) are required to take on an often unnecessary expense.
The N.C. General Assembly is considering a bill (H.B. 482) that would create new penalties for nonprofits and businesses that improperly classify their workers as independent contractors rather than employees. Nonprofits that misclassify their employees and fail to provide benefits such as workers’ compensation or unemployment insurance benefits could face fines ($1,000 per misclassified worker) and could be barred from state contracts for five years.