Legal Risk Management for Associations: A Legal Compliance Guide for Volunteers and Employees of Trade and Professional Associations

Pages: 163
Item #: 4316581
ISBN: 978-1-55798-312-1
List Price: $19.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $17.95
Copyright: 1995
Format: Softcover
Availability: In Stock
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Legal Risk Management for Associations is intended to assist volunteers and employees who have positions of responsibility and authority for trade or professional associations in

  • Avoiding violations of the law,
  • Protecting their association's future, and
  • Accomplishing their association's goals and objectives effectively and with increased confidence that legal problems will not interfere.

Associations of all kinds, whether large, medium, or small in size and whether national, state, or local in scope are affected or potentially affected by a host of laws and regulations at the federal, state, and local levels. Many of the applicable rules are highly technical and nonintuitive; common sense is simply not a sufficient guide to avoiding legal liability. Violations of the law, whether intentional or unintentional, can have severe consequences for the association and for the individuals involved. This book was written to help those who work with associations in any capacity protect themselves and their association.

Table of Contents


How to Use This Book

I. Legal Issues For All Volunteers and Employees


  1. Loyalty and Conflicts of Interest
  2. Respecting Confidentiality
  3. Apparent Authority
  4. Discrimination by Federal Grantees
  5. Antitrust Generally
  6. Defamation

II. Legal Issues in Self-Regulation


  1. Advice and Endorsements
  2. Business and Professional Ethics
  3. Accreditation and Approval
  4. Guidelines, Advisories, Models, or Recommendations
  5. Professional Specialization, Certification, Recognition, and Listing
  6. Product Standards, Testing, and Certification
  7. Membership

III. Legal Issues in Professional Practice Programs


  1. Fees, Reimbursement, and Modes of Practice
  2. State Licensing

IV. Legal Issues in Business Price and Cost Programs


  1. Surveys of Prices or Costs
  2. Discussions at Meetings

V. Legal Issues in Publishing


  1. Publications and Copyright Law

V. Legal Issues in Employment


  1. Employment Discrimination
  2. Wrongful Discharge


  1. Sample Conflicts of Interest Policy
  2. Sample Guidelines on Apparent Authority
  3. Sample Antitrust Compliance Policy


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