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Federal Legislation & Issues

Michigan Nonprofit Association Opposes Efforts to Politicize Charitable Nonprofits and Foundations

21 March 2017
Michigan Nonprofit Association joins with other leaders of our charitable nonprofit sector in opposing efforts through legislation or Executive Order to eliminate or weaken the Johnson Amendment that prohibits 501(c)(3) charitable organizations from endorsing, opposing or contributing to political candidates and engaging in partisan campaign activities. 501(c)(3) organizations should remain above the political fray, advocating and informing but not engaging in political activity.

MNA's full position statement is available here.

Click here to sign on to the Community Letter in Support of Nonpartisanship from the National Council of Nonprofits.

Department of Labor Request for Information - Deadline to submit comments Sept. 25

The U.S. Department of Labor has published a Request for Information (RFI) in the Federal Register seeking comments from the public about how the white-collar salary regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act should be updated. The Obama Administration had sought to revise the same regulations, but that effort was blocked by a federal court in late 2016. Under current law, employees working in a “bona fide executive, administrative, or professional capacity” are not eligible for overtime pay.
 
The questions posed by the Labor Department in the new RFI give the public the opportunity to weigh in on whether and how those tests should be changed in future DOL rulemaking. Unless a significant number of individual nonprofits submit comments to the Department of Labor by September 25, 2017, the impact of future regulations on the nonprofits sector will be defined by academics, for-profit management groups, worker rights organizations, bureaucrats, and others based on assumptions and data from other sectors.
 
Michigan Nonprofit Association and the National Council of Nonprofits encourages all nonprofits to conduct a mission-based analysis of the law and questions presented in the RFI. That means answering questions about how an increase in the minimum salary levels would affect operations, resources, and staffing, as well as what impact changed regulations would have on the people relying on the services and the mission of the nonprofit.

For more information, including background on current law and annotations that explain several of the questions presented in the RFI, see the National Council of Nonprofits analysis, Labor Department Reopens White-Collar Salary Exemption for Comments.

The deadline for submitting comments to the Department of Labor is September 25, 2017.

Nonprofit Advocacy Matters

The National Council of Nonprofits provides MNA's members access to public policy, training, and education resources at the national level. Nonprofit Advocacy Matters is a bi-weekly newsletter on policy issues affecting the nonprofit sector. Click here to access the most recent issue of Nonprofit Advocacy Matters.