Ellen Aldridge

Ellen Aldridge is an Labor and Employment Risk Manager for Nonprofits Insurance Alliance, where she counsels nonprofits on the management of employment risks by helping them understand employment law mandates and best practices to motivate and manage employees. Ellen has been practicing labor and employment law for 30 years and before joining the Alliance, worked both in the public and private sector as a civil litigator and in-house counsel. When she isn’t hard at work, Ellen enjoys tennis and community action. Ellen holds a B.A. in Government from the University of San Francisco and a J.D. from Santa Clara University and is a member of the California Bar. She currently resides in the Monterey Bay Area with her husband and two children.

Recent Posts

Changes to Independent Contractor Classification in California

May 09, 2018 by Ellen Aldridge posted in Risk Management

While businesses have traditionally subcontracted certain tasks to independent contractors, the on-demand or “gig” economy has seen this practice skyrocket with the business models used by Uber, Lyft, GrubHub, TaskRabbit and many other tech companies. To a limited extent, nonprofits also depend on independent contractors to perform functions where regular staff do not have the expertise, or for temporary or limited projects.

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Background Checks and Ban the Box in California

January 31, 2018 by Ellen Aldridge posted in Risk Management

Historically, it has not been uncommon for risk-adverse employers to adopt policies prohibiting the hiring of applicants with a criminal history. Given that one in seven Americans has some sort of criminal history, numerous states and local jurisdictions are passing legislation that makes it more likely employers will consider these applicants. Increased employment opportunities have been shown to reduce the likelihood of recurring offenses for workers with a criminal record, and help these individuals re-integrate into our communities.

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When #MeToo Comes to the Nonprofit Workplace

November 22, 2017 by Ellen Aldridge posted in Risk Management

It’s hard to ignore the plethora of revelations of sexual harassment incidents involving well-known public figures being revealed in the news recently.

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Claims You Won’t Believe: Contraception as Contraband

October 11, 2017 by Ellen Aldridge posted in Risk Management

Reproductive freedom and the right to privacy, for minors especially, can be murky territory, with laws differing from state-to-state. In fact, only 26 states and the District of Columbia currently allow minors aged 12 or older to receive contraceptive services without parental approval. But how do these rights work when there’s no parent or guardian involved? What if contraception is legally permissible for minors in a state, but another party steps in and assumes the role of the guardian in making these decisions regarding their right to reproductive health care? One Nonprofits Insurance Alliance Group member in California found out the hard way -- read below for their experience.

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Overbroad Employee Confidentiality Agreements

September 20, 2017 by Ellen Aldridge posted in Risk Management

Many employers require employees to sign a Confidentiality Agreement regarding certain data and information that the employee will have access to in the course and scope of their employment. There are certain types of employer data that must be maintained as confidential such as:

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