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The Worker Center HandbookA Practical Guide for Starting and Building the New Labor Movement$
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Kim Bobo and Marien Casillas Pabellon

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501704475

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501704475.001.0001

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Doing the Legal Stuff

Doing the Legal Stuff

(p.71) 9 Doing the Legal Stuff
The Worker Center Handbook

Kim Bobo

Marién Casillas Pabellón

Cornell University Press

This chapter presents guidelines for doing the legal stuff necessary for a worker center to operate. In order to hire staff and operate as a nonprofit, there are a good number of paperwork things that need to be done. These tasks can seem boring and a distraction, but they are essential for moving forward. For those interested in starting a worker center, or any nonprofit organization, Aina Gutierrez’s Walking the Walk: A Handbook for Building a Values-based Non-profit is highly recommended. This chapter explains who should do the legal stuff, when it should be done, and the primary legal and administrative tasks that need to be done to establish a worker center, namely: state incorporation, Federal Employment Identification Number (FEIN), bank account, by-laws, 501c3 tax status, state charitable registration, and state sales-tax exemption. It also offers suggestions with respect to handling money entrusted to a work center, hiring staff, annual filings, and insurance.

Keywords:   legal stuff, worker center, paperwork, legal tasks, administrative tasks, state incorporation, money, hiring, annual filings, insurance

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