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Continued: Business forum: For nonprofits, helping hands turn costly

  • Article by: VEENA A. IYER
  • Last update: December 1, 2013 - 3:00 PM

• Set clear expectations for volunteers and supervise them to ensure that they are performing tasks properly and effectively. If there are certain tasks that you think certain volunteers should not perform, let them know.

• Obtain insurance or set aside funds to pay for claims. If you have insurance, make sure the policy covers acts or omissions by volunteers and ensure that you are providing the training and supervision to ensure that a claim will be covered. If you are self-insured, make sure that you have a plan for paying a damage award without draining the organization’s financial resources.

About the author: Veena A. Iyer is an associate at Nilan Johnson Lewis practicing labor and employment law who provides assistance to nonprofit organizations. Her e-mail is viyer@nilanjohnson.com.

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