Legal

Ottawa’s New Reminder to Canadian Associations: Demonstrate Competition Act Compliance

By Paulette Vinette, CAE
The Competition Bureau of Canada has always had an interest in associations both from enforcement and compliance perspectives. Read More..

Ethical Decision-Making Framework and Guidelines

By Jim Pealow, CAE and Sandi Humphrey, CAE
Making good and ethical decisions requires sensitivity and a structured method. Having a method for ethical decision-making is essential. When practiced regularly, the method becomes so familiar that it is worked through automatically without consulting the specific steps. Read More..

Preparing for the Point of Job Termination

By Jack Shand, CMC, CAE
 

When boards of directors fire, they don’t always do it well. Donald Trump’s showmanship as he points his finger across the boardroom table and decisively pronounces “you’re fired!” isn’t the best visual training program for employee termination. To his credit, at least he’s scripted and clear.

To be prepared for termination, board leaders should consider what to do before, during, and after firing their CEO.

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How Safe Is your Data?

By Annette Balgord
Access to critical member data enables association managers to craft more effective communication, deliver a better member experience, and provide easy-to-use portals for collecting dues and selling products. But what if this data were to fall into the wrong hands? Read More..

Sidestepping political pink slips

By Roma Ihnatowycz
It starts with a nagging feeling that something is just not right. You find you are regularly being sidelined by board members and senior volunteers, and that key decisions are being made without your input. Eventually, you’re called into a meeting and given the dreaded news. Your employment at the association is being terminated. Read More..

Not-for-profits As Businesses Owners: A Strategy for Sustainability?

By Tim Plumptre
Not-for-profits are facing financially difficult times in the 21st century. This article examines one strategy for revenue enhancement, namely the establishment of a for-profit subsidiary. It discusses the experience of several Canadian organizations that have taken this step. It also discusses a project of the Canada Revenue Agency that could have a bearing on business ownership by not-for-profits in this country. The article concludes by discussing the merits of ownership and suggests questions that should be addressed if an organization is contemplating going down this road.

 

 

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Fending off Fraud

By Roma Ihnatowycz
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Integrated Accessibility Standards – The Next Step in AODA Compliance

By Melissa Magder

With the compliance deadline for the Accessibility Standard for Customer Service - the first of five Standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) – now past, organizations across Ontario need to begin planning how they are going to meet the next set of requirements under Ontario’s Accessibility legislation - The Integrated Accessibility Standards. The Integrated Accessibility Standards (IAS) came into effect on July 1, 2011 and significantly impact most organizations in Ontario with respect to their human resources practices and the way they do business.

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Negotiate an "Executive-Friendly" Contract

By Bob Hamp
Are you willing to work without a safety net? Or, if you have a net, have you accepted one that’s full of holes? A detailed employment contract leaves as little as possible to chance or possible misinterpretation at a later date. In a nutshell, it must be properly designed to protect you as well as the association you plan to work for. Read More..

Legal and Statutory


Many of the legal issues that arise in an association context are those common to any business corporation, because most associations are incorporated - either provincially/territorially, if most activity is limited to one province or territory, or federally in the case of national organizations. Other issues result from the unique aspects of associations: because they are non-profit organizations that may have charitable status, or because they regulate a particular profession or bring together businesses engaged in the same trade. Read More..