28
May

Connectivity in associations is greater than ever with the utilization of social media such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter and dedicated association online forums. The ease with which these groups can be created and maintained opens new communication opportunities. The association that successfully harnesses the networking power of social media will successfully advance its mission. However, each communication opportunity poses its challenges. Technological advancement runs ahead of the law, but, in some ways, the legal issues surrounding social media communications are not really all that new. This article addresses the types of concerns you should have with your social media forums and ...

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25
May

 Protect your association's valuable assets with good social media policies. Legal issues arising out of the use of listservs, online forums and social media sites can be addressed to properly manage the associated risks. This checklist covers the terms an organization should include in its social media policy. The policies are in writing and appear prominently on the site, preferably located in the forum or social media site, or distributed by email to users upon subscribing/following. The policies make it clear that access to and use of the forums are specifically conditioned upon acceptance of and adherence to the policies. The policies specify that ...

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29
Aug

  Rob presented a session on International Meetings Contracts at the GaMPI S.E.A. (Summer Education Alliance) meeting held in Cancún in August. Cancún and the headquarters hotel, the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach, were both fantastic settings for the event. Mexico is taking steps to protect its vital meetings and conventions industry. New facilities are opening and facts are being presented to the media to balance the negative publicity about violence is some parts of the country.  In addition to the Fiesta Americana Grand, the J.W. Marriott, the Cancun Palace, and the Le Blanc hosted S.E.A. events during the meeting.

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01
Jul

We received from a client a copy of a mailing that was carefully designed to make recipients think that it was from the government trademark agency. According to the letter, all you have to do is send in $175 for renewal of the trademark registration. But it appears to us that all they do with the $175 is fill in the basic information on the form and send it back to you to finish the filing. It does not include the filing fee, so, after depositing your check, they would send the form back to you with instructions to add ...

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17
Jun

  The Georgia Society of Association Executives met at Panama City, FL June 1 - June 3. Rob Sumner presented the breakout session "Economic and Social Environment Requires Reevaluation of Legal Issues."

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10
Jun

by Robert Sumner Sumner & Associates, P.C. §501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code provides tax-exempt status for organizations operating exclusively for charitable purposes. Allowing organizations operating for charity to enjoy a tax-exempt status as a concept in taxation is nothing new: In 1601, the English Statute of Charitable Purposes set forth a concept of charity to include, amongst others, support for the elderly, poor, sick, injured soldiers, orphans, young tradesmen in training, and education to citizens. Today, this concept is embodied in section §501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code by the specific mention of “religious, ...

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