Do I Have to Let that Dog in Here?

January 28, 2016

A client walks into a community organization with a large dog. The dog doesn’t have a vest or badge identifying it as a service animal and the person is not blind. The organization has a clear sign prohibiting animals on the premises. The person states the dog is their service animal. What should the organization do?

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4 Ways to Make Halloween Safe for Everyone

October 28, 2011

What do you think the scariest part of Halloween is? The costumes? Or the haunted houses? Or possibly the prospect of having to clean up your front yard after the neighbor kids toilet paper everything?

While all of these things are scary in their own right, they pale in comparison to the fear of navigating Halloween with a

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Time to Referee The Choking Game

August 24, 2011

With school getting ready to start back up for kids across the country, now seems like a good time to readdress a very scary trend with adolescents and young adults. Almost two years ago we published a safety article on The Choking "Game", an activity kids engage in that cuts oxygen off to the brain. The lack of oxygen causes the participant to feel a temporary high and dizziness. Unfortunately, many children often

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SportWaiver.com: A Must-Follow Resource for Sports Orgs

August 10, 2011

When visiting with customers, West Bend's loss prevention representatives almost always discuss the importance of using a well-drafted waiver (or exculpatory agreement). These waivers protect businesses from claims arising from negligence, and help reduce litigation expenses, and, in turn, insurance premiums.

While many business owners and nonprofit executives may recognize the benefits of having a strong waiver, the large majority of organizations we visit have exculpatory agreements that would almost definitely

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Same-Sex Marriage and Community Orgs

August 05, 2010

[Editor Note: Number of states recognizing same-sex marriage or civil unions updated on February 2nd, 2012] A same-sex couple in North Carolina with three adopted children was denied a family membership at their local YMCA. The Y’s policies and procedures indicate that only a “legally married husband and wife or those who file joint tax returns” may qualify for a discounted family membership.

The couple was encouraged to purchase two separate memberships – a single-with-dependents membership and a single adult membership. While this approach would have given the family access to the Y and its programs just like a traditional family membership, it would also cost an extra

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