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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The bill builds on reforms addressed in 2011 in Isaksons Kate Puzey Volunteer Protection Act to further protect volunteers.
The Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 is not sufficient to protect volunteers who manage condo associations from D&O lawsuits because it doesn't prohibit lawsuits against volunteers.
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.
The Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act of 2011
In 1997, congress passed the Volunteer Protection Act "to provide certain protections to volunteers, nonprofit organizations, and governmental entities in lawsuits based on the activities of volunteers.
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).
In addition, Congress responded to similar nationwide concerns by enacting the Volunteer Protection Act in 1997.
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"
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