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Federal Legislation & Issues

Work Requirements Executive Order

18 April 2018
President Trump signed an Executive Order last week directing federal agencies to enforce or add work requirements for public assistance programs such as Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps. Agencies must submit recommendations within 90 days. Ten states have or are seeking approval for work requirements under Medicaid waivers.

Supreme Court Loosens Interpretation of FLSA Overtime Rules 

18 April 2018
The U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion earlier this month holding that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) exemptions from overtime would no longer be "narrowly construed" against employers seeking to classify employees as exempt from overtime. The FLSA requires most employers to pay workers one-and-a-half times their usual rate of pay when they work more than 40 hours in a week unless they are "exempt" from the overtime requirement. The FLSA exempts employees who are paid on a salary basis at not less than $455 per week ($23,660 per year), and meet the duties test as an executive, administrative, or professional employee. Early analysis of the Supreme Court case suggests that nonprofit employers may have more flexibility in classifying workers as exempt, but should confer with professional advisors.

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.

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.