December 13, 2019
Investigation; New Paid Family Leave Law; 2020 Census Training

November 12, 2019 — Boston Children’s Theatre investigating accusations against former director... Free workshop on new paid family leave law... MIRA Coalition to train trainers for 2020 Census.

Boston Children’s Theatre Investigating Accusations Against Former Director

The Boston Children’s Theatre (BCT), a Boston-based nonprofit that provides theatrical experiences aimed at fostering artistic and personal development of diverse youth, last week hired a law firm to investigate accusations of inappropriate behavior by Burgess Clark, who served as its executive artistic director from 2008 until he resigned at the end of last month.

More than a dozen former BCT students have made allegations against Burgess Clark of "inappropriate behavior," The Boston Globe reported.

The Essex County district attorney's office last week reportedly confirmed that its investigators were notified by Beverly police of the accusations by the former BCT students against Clark.

"In a letter the besieged organization sent to parents Thursday [Nov. 7], the board also said it has engaged an outside specialist to review its internal policies, including hiring, supervision of students, and how the group solicits feedback from parents," The Globe reported.

The board reportedly told parents it had little information on the specific allegations and had not received any reports from families of accusations of impropriety.

Clark, who resigned following a six-week medical leave, had reportedly been accused of inappropriate behavior while working at a youth camp in Colorado in 2004, The Globe reported, but that after an investigation no evidence of criminal behavior was found and was not reported to law enforcement.

Free Workshop on New Paid Family Leave Law

Lawyers Clearinghouse, a Boston-based nonprofit that provides pro bono legal services to Massachusetts nonprofits, will host a free workshop for nonprofits on Nov. 20 on how to prepare for the state's new paid family and medical leave law.

This new law will require all employers to allow employees and covered individuals to, among other things, take up to 20 weeks of paid leave for an employee’s own health conditions and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for a family member’s illness.

While the leave entitlements will not take effect until Jan. 1, 2021, new notification requirements and payroll contribution deductions went into effect on Oct. 1 The workshop will help nonprofits understand, among other issues, who the law applies to, employee requirements, and what happens if they don't comply. Deadline to register: Nov. 15. Details.

MIRA Coalition to Train Trainers for 2020 Census

The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), a Boston-based nonprofit that works to promote the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees, is holding six train-the-trainers workshops this month to prepare community leaders, organizations, and volunteers working on the 2020 Census to develop outreach programs aimed at ensuring an accurate Census Count.

Workshops will be held in Hyannis (Nov. 13), Martha's Vineyard (Nov. 15), Worcester (Nov. 18), Springfield (Nov. 19), Pittsfield (Nov. 19), and Brockton (Nov. 20).

More Census 2020 resources at Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.

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