Volunteer Protection Act of 1997

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Volunteer Protection Act of 1997

Legislation in the United States that protects volunteers at a nonprofit from legal liability for actions they take in good faith that unintentionally cause harm to another. For example, if a person volunteering at a homeless shelter unknowingly assigns a homeless person to a bunk that cannot hold his/her weight, the Act will protect the volunteer from liability in a resultant lawsuit if the bunk collapses. The Act was intended to promote volunteerism.
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At the federal level, the Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 (the Act) offers qualified immunity for volunteers for acts of ordinary negligence that were committed while volunteering for a qualified nonprofit or governmental organization.
In addition, a federal law called the Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 may apply.
These statutes include the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act, (8) the Volunteer Protection Act of 1997, (9) the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act, (10) the Good Samaritan Act, (11) the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act, (12) and the Emergency Medical Services Systems Act.
You ask the question and the representative of the organization advises you that there is no need to worry about that exposure because the volunteers are protected by federal Volunteer Protection Act of 1997.
The Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 provides some protection for the volunteer who functions in good faith but does not cover the organization for which the volunteer 'works.
The article highlights the key provisions of the Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 (VPA).
4698, the "Disaster Relief Volunteer Protection Act of 2006," which preempts so-called Good Samaritan laws by giving nonprofit and government organizations greater immunity, including for "acts or omissions of gross negligence"
Newsweek didn't mention, for instance, that the 1997 federal Volunteer Protection Act ensures that people like Warner are immunized from these types of lawsuits.
Of note, volunteers who work the Marine Corps Marathon are covered by the Federal Volunteer Protection Act.
HALIFAX -- Nova Scotia's recently proclaimed Volunteer Protection Act provides some protection for volunteers and nonprofit organizations.
Congress's attempt to relieve board members from legal liability is the Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 (VPA).
Congress passed the Volunteer Protection Act to protect volunteers for nonprofit organizations from liability for their acts or omissions on behalf of the organization if 1) the volunteer was acting within the scope of the volunteer's responsibilities in the nonprofit organization at the time of the act or omission, and 2) the harm was not caused by willful or criminal misconduct, gross negligence, reckless misconduct, or a conscious, flagrant indifference to the rights or safety of the individual harmed by the volunteer.
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