Youth Services Law

New Field Guide for Camps

Posted In Youth Camps

New Field Guide for Camps

The American Camping Association has updated its field guide for 2021, designed to help camps reduce exposure to COVID. The publication offers guidance for all sorts of camps, ranging from adventure programs to day camps. It also has a new chapter about vaccines. If you are a parent thinking about sending your child to camp this year, the publication will tell you what to look for. If you are part of a camping program, this field guide is an essential tool for your organization.

Mandated Reporter Arrested

Mandated Reporter Arrested

Another mandated reporter has been arrested for failing to report suspected child abuse to law enforcement. According to this story, a principal in Orlando has been charged with two counts of violating Florida's mandated reporter law. Florida law requires an immediate report of "known or suspected" abuse, and treats failure to report as a felony. This particular principle also is accused of preventing another person from making a report, leading to the second felony charge against him.

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Coordinating Your Capital

Posted In Financial Ideas

Coordinating Your Capital

There were a lot of lessons learned in 2020. Things like how important it is to have a stockpile of toilet paper; that you can get through the valley and reinvent yourself and your business; and of course, being grateful for the people we care about and the relationships we cherish.

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New Guide For Preventing Child Abuse

New Guide For Preventing Child Abuse

Johns Hopkins has published a new guide to preventing child sexual abuse.  I have not had time to read it all the way through, but it promises to be an important contribution to the literature in this area. If you work or volunteer with a youth-serving organization, it needs to be in your library. You can read the highlights and download a copy here.

Don’t Let Your Resolutions Set You Up for Trouble

Posted In Risk Management

Don’t Let Your Resolutions Set You Up for Trouble

The first of the year, after the end of the holiday rush and before spring holidays kick in, is a natural time to regroup and plan ahead. It is a good time to be sure that your organization has good policies, particularly employee handbooks and child protection policies. It’s also an important time to be realistic about which policies will actually work in your program. This is one area in which good intentions can be very bad for business. If you set up policies that you do not follow, then your policies will come back to haunt you.

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Hiring Bias: How to Acknowledge and Avoid It!

Hiring Bias

The year 2021 has just started and employers both large and small are still reeling from the curve balls in 2020. Business owners and c-suite executives across the country have grappled with questions from Will our business survive COVID-19? to How do we maintain a peaceful workplace in the face of racial unrest? Many employers have taken that last question a step further and are now asking: How does our organization avoid biases – especially racial bias - in our employment decisions? Today we will look at hiring biases from a 300 foot view and attempt to provide your organization with a few helpful tips to avoid them.

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Economic Aid Act Second Draw Specific Regulations and Opening of Portal to Accept Applications for Second Draw Loans

Posted In Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Eligible borrowers who would like to obtain or increase their Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding will be able to act as early as this week, due to recent action by Congress and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). On December 27, 2020, the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act (EAA) (included within the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021) became law. On January 8, 2021, the SBA announced that the portal to accept PPP loan applications, pursuant to the EAA, will re-open Monday, January 11, 2021. To promote access to capital, the SBA will initially only accept First Draw PPP Loan applications, including requests for increases on First Draw PPP Loan amounts, from community financial institutions. Second Draw PPP Loan applications will be accepted beginning January 13, 2021.

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Kemp's Post-Exposure Quarantine Requirements for Camps

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Coronavirus

As noted in the alert, “Georgia Governor Institutes Post-Exposure Quarantine Requirements for Certain Businesses,” Governor Kemp issued a new Executive Order (covering January 1 - 15, 2021) that imposes a new Post-Exposure Quarantine Protocol (PEQP) under certain circumstances, including in relation to children’s camps. Children’s “Camp” is defined by the Order to apply to any entity offering organized sessions of supervised recreational, athletic or instructional activities held between typical school terms or during school breaks, including those commonly referred to as a “day camp” and any license-exempt day camps operating during school terms.

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Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act (Economic Aid Act) and Expansion of Employee Retention Credit (ERC) enacted by the CARES Act

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Coronavirus

On December 27, 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA) became law. The CAA includes the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 (the Act), which extends and expands the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) enacted by the CARES Act. Thus, thanks to the CAA, eligible employers may still have CARES Act tax credits available to them in 2021 that otherwise would have expired at the end of 2020, or for which they otherwise would not have been eligible, or for a larger credit than they might have qualified for otherwise.   

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Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021: Payroll Tax Deferral Extension

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Coronavirus

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 was signed into law on December 21, 2020. The Act extended timeframes related to the Presidential Memorandum and Executive Order whereby the President directed the Secretary of the Treasury to allow for the deferral of the employee-portion of payroll taxes withheld under IRC Section 3101(a) (6.2% for Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance) on wages earned during the period of September 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 (“Deferral Order”). 

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