Archive for October, 2009

Wage and Hour Issues for Nonprofit Employers

Monday, October 19th, 2009

A Workshop for Executive Directors, Managers, and Human Resource Professionals
Wage and Hour IssuesNonprofit Employers
Date & Time
Thursday, November 19, 2009
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Location
Teleconference

  • Does your organization need guidance in determining how employees should be classified?
  • Do you sometimes struggle with issues of how and when your organization is required to pay overtime?
  • Are you implementing wage reductions and furloughs in a manner that does not violate wage-hour laws?

This workshop will discuss the factors to be considered in determining how to properly classify employees as exempt or non-exempt, and the consequences of these classifications. The workshop will also discuss overtime issues and allowable wage deductions.

Presenter

David Islinger, Esq. is partner in the Morristown office of the firm of Jackson Lewis, LLP, where he devotes his practice primarily to traditional labor law, training and counseling matters. He received his juris doctor degree from George Washington University National Law Center in 1993 and joined Jackson Lewis in 1995. Mr. Islinger conducted his undergraduate studies at Cornell University from which he received a B.S. degree in Industrial & Labor Relations. Mr. Islinger regularly speaks to executives, managers, and supervisors on workplace issues, having provided training to thousands of managers and employees on virtually all workplace issues including harassment and discrimination concerns, union avoidance and contract administration, disabilities management, and wage and hour law.

Sponsor

The Frances L. & Edwin L. Cummings Memorial Fund

Registration Information

Charge: $20 nonrefundable fee
Registration Deadline: November 13, 2009
Please note: Dial-in instructions will be provided prior to the workshop.
Questions?
Please e-mail Marlene Taylor or call (973) 968-7043.

For all in-person attendees: By enrolling in this workshop, you hereby: (1) give consent for Pro Bono Partnership, Inc. to use your photograph or image in its print, online and video publications; (2) release Pro Bono Partnership, Inc., its employees and any outside third parties from all liabilities or claims that you might assert in connection with the above-described uses; and (3) waive any right to inspect, approve or receive compensation for any materials or communications, including photographs, videotapes, website images or written materials, incorporating photos/images of you.

Pro Bono Partnership, Inc.
http://www.probonopartnership.org/


The Pro Bono Partnership provides nonprofit organizations in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York with free, expert business legal advice they cannot otherwise afford, enhancing their capacity to improve local communities and provide essential programs for the poor and disadvantaged.

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Thursday, October 15th, 2009

New Law Requires School Districts to Plan Comprehensive Afterschool Programs

NJSACC, the Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities, Applauds New State Law

New Jersey school districts in certain low income communities must develop comprehensive plans for afterschool activities for the children in their districts, according to a new law passed by the State legislature. More than 20 communities are affected by this new law, including Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth, Trenton, Camden, East Orange, Passaic, and Irvington.?

“New Jersey is putting children first,” says NJSACC executive director Diane Genco, an advocate for high quality afterschool. “The law reflects a real understanding of children’s lives today—they need safe places where they can use their time constructively if they are going to grow up to be healthy and productive adults. Research shows that afterschool programs keep children safe, inspire them to learn and help working families.”

TO LEARN MORE CLICK HERE

Lights On!

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Tell us what your afterschool program is doing to celebrate!  LIGHTS ON!

We want to know!
So email me a about your events!
Send us your  press release!

Diane Genco

Liberty Science Center Needs Your Help!

Thursday, October 15th, 2009
Dear Educator:
In the 2009-2010 school year, we at Liberty Science Center will be reviewing and realigning our educational programs, as well as creating new offerings to address the new NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards for Science. Our goal is to create the best science programs to support you in what you are trying to accomplish in your classroom or school. But to do this we need your input.

In the next few months we will be conducting focus groups and/ or surveys with educators like you in order to better understand what programming is most important. If you would like to participate in this effort please fill in a short survey form and we will contact you as more information becomes available. We know your time is valuable, so those who participate in a research project will receive a gift in appreciation.

click here
Educators Short Survey!

Thank you in advance for your time and for your interest in this project.

Sincerely,
Harold Clark, Ph.D.
Acting Vice-President, Learning &Teaching
Liberty Science Center

If you have questions or have a problem completeing the form please click the following link to send us an email Click Here and someone will respond to you as soon as possible. Please include your telephone number so that we may reach you in this way as well.

NJ Ranks in the Top 10 for Afterschool Programs!

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Top Ten States for Afterschool Programs

In 2009, families nationwide were surveyed to see how many children are in afterschool programs, how many are unsupervised after school and how these numbers compare to five years ago.  America After 3 PM provides the most comprehensive and accurate picture to date of what this nation’s youth are doing each day after school. Overall, America After 3PM finds that while more kids are in afterschool programs today than five years ago, the demand for programs has also increased. As would be expected, there is variability in the findings from state to state.

Through an examination of a number of key indicators, a set of “Top 10 States for Afterschool” emerged. While they all have significant unmet need for afterschool programs, comparatively these “Top 10 States for Afterschool” in 2009 have some of the lowest rates of self-care combined with the highest rates of afterschool participation and satisfaction – all of which adds up to a winning combination for children and parents in these states. Yet, even in these top 10 states, too many children and families do not have access to quality afterschool opportunities.  America After 3PM was conducted for the Afterschool Alliance and sponsored by the JCPenney Afterschool Fund.

Top Ten States for Afterschool Programs

Hawaii
Arizona
New York
California
New Jersey
Virginia
New Mexico
Florida
Texas
North Carolina

Read the full America After 3PM Top Ten States for Afterschool Report for details on how each state rated on a variety of factors.

Methodology

To identify the “Top 10 States for Afterschool,” a composite score was computed for each state, combining the following variables:

  • Percent of children in afterschool programs – weighted by the average hours per week each child spends in afterschool programs
  • Percent of children in self-care – inverse proportion
  • Percent of parents who agree “afterschool programs are available in my area”
  • Percent of program participants who qualify for free or reduced price lunch program (proxy for low-income households)
  • Percent of parents of program participants who reported satisfaction with their afterschool program
  • Percent of parents of program participants who reported satisfaction with program features identified as having the greatest impact on overall program satisfaction. Based on a regression analysis, the following features were determined to be the most influential: Quality of care; Variety of activities; Program cost

Read the Press Release on NJ: Click Here