Siobhan Kelley

Siobhan Kelley recently and enthusiastically returned to the Nonprofits Insurance Alliance as a Labor and Employment Risk Manager. She has cultivated an extensive practice in employment law advice and litigation, spanning the high-tech industry, nonprofits and the public sector. Siobhan is a graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law and UC San Diego. Siobhan also teaches Civil Procedure at Monterey College of Law. A lifelong Californian, Siobhan recently relocated to Colorado, where she is learning how to drive in the snow.

Recent Posts

Accommodating Job Candidates with Disabilities

August 19, 2021 by Siobhan Kelley posted in Risk Management

A well-qualified applicant applies for a job at a nonprofit and lands an in-person interview. The applicant explains that their service dog will accompany them. The hiring manager is left with questions: Does the manager have to agree? Does this entail agreeing to permit the service dog in the workplace if the applicant is hired? Can the manager ask the applicant about the service dog in the interview? The manager just doesn’t know how to handle the situation, reasoning that avoidance is the least risky approach.

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An Inclusive Workplace is an Accessible Workplace: Understanding Terminology and Reasonable Accommodations within the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

June 25, 2021 by Siobhan Kelley posted in Risk Management

If you want to overwhelm a nonprofit manager, tell them an employee has requested an accommodation for a disability, and ask them to find out the organization’s obligations. When managers face trying to navigate a confusing web of laws, a common result is to just reject the employee’s request. Nonprofits may have the best of intentions when drafting enthusiastic and inclusive policies, but these goals are abandoned when managers become overwhelmed by the process or fear of lawsuit. By breaking down the terminology used in federal workplace disability law, we hope to encourage nonprofits to navigate these issues with more confidence. This not only creates a more inclusive workplace, it increases retention and productivity, as well as broadening the pool of employees that your nonprofit hires from.

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Terminating Employment

May 12, 2021 by Siobhan Kelley posted in Risk Management, Member Resources

In 2015, Jeanette Ortiz had been working for Chipotle for 14 years. She was general manager of a restaurant in the Fresno, California, area and was being considered for a promotion that would have increased her pay by $25,000. Ortiz’s hopes were crushed when she was fired.

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Managing Teleworking Employees

April 16, 2021 by Siobhan Kelley posted in Risk Management, Member Resources

In 2017, in the middle of a live interview with BBC News, Professor Robert Kelly’s daughter marched stridently into the background, becoming an instant media sensation. Just four years later, the intersection of work life and home life is accepted as the “new normal,” and the sight of a child wandering through the background of a live meeting barely raises an eyebrow. Most nonprofit employers understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our way of working—perhaps permanently—but the adaptation of policies and practices haven’t always kept up.

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