Dear Rita: We are a small nonprofit that provides summer day camps for youth. We have 6 full-time employees, and hire about 40 or so seasonal workers who staff our summer camps. We also hire a few administrative workers through a temporary agency to help us with enrollment before the summer. We occasionally have a few interns and casual employees that develop our curriculum, and hire independent contractors to provide specialized classes at our camps, like dance or photography. It seems crazy, but I can't figure out how many employees we have in terms of which employment laws apply based on this staffing pattern! Signed, Happy But Can't Count Camper
Dear Happy: Great question -- and an important one, because many employment laws are applicable only to employers with a specific number of employees. Figuring out whether your nonprofit has enough employees to be covered by a particular law can be complicated . . .