What's New at CAPLAW?

 

new CAA Leaders' Legal Boot Camp Webinar Series

This five-part webinar series and a new resource developed by CAPLAW in collaboration with the national Community Action Partnership, the CAA Leader’s Legal Guide, aims to provide new and seasoned CAA Leaders with an overview of the many legal requirements that they will work with on a regular basis. The series and the Guide address: (i) federal grant law; (ii) the Community Services Block Grant Act; (iii) financial management of federal grants; and (iv) general tax-exempt organization requirements. The series also includes a webinar directed specifically at issues particular to public CAAs. Click_here to learn more.

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Dynamic Duo: A Guide to Enhancing the Board & Executive Director Partnership

This guide, created in collaboration with the National Community Action Partnership, analyzes the board and executive director relationship including roles and responsibilities; board recruitment and development; internal and external communications; the executive director and board chair relationship; executive director transition; executive director compensation; and executive director supervision and evaluation. Throughout the Guide, we suggest actions each party can take to strengthen their working relationship and further the shared goal of creating a compliant and sustainable organization. Learn more and read

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Merger & Democratic Selection Case Studies

CAPLAW has published two new case studies. CAPLAW’s newest Merger Case Study, which is part of an ongoing series of merger case studies, details the merger of two nonprofits in Mesa, Arizona. Click_here to learn more about the background, structure, and implementation of this CAA merger. CAPLAW has also published the first three case studies in a new series, Raising the Low-Income Voice: Case Studies in Democratic Selection Procedures. To read more about the various ways that CAAs are meeting the CSBG Act’s requirement that the low-income sector of the tripartite board be selected in accordance with “democratic selection procedures…,” click here.

News for Community Action

 

new DOL Issues Final Overtime Rule under the FLSA

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a long-anticipated final rule (the “Overtime Rule”) extending overtime protections to an additional 4.2 million exempt workers who are not currently eligible under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). Under the new Overtime Rule, employees are entitled to overtime pay if they earn less than $913 per week (the equivalent of $47,476 per year), even if they meet certain duties tests and are classified as executive, administrative, or professional employees (“white collar employees”).

The changes in the Overtime Rule will take effect on December 1, 2016. Read More

For additional information from the DOL on the Overtime Rule, please see the following:

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new Upcoming Nonprofits Assistance Fund Webinars

Check out the Nonprofits Assistance Fund's complimentary webinars covering financial topics relevant to CAAs:

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IRS Webinar Available Online

A recording of the IRS webinar Understanding the Universal Availability Rules in a 403(b) Retirement Plan is available online. This webinar address basic universal availability rules, treatment of part-time, seasonal, and temporary employees, required notices, and other related topics. To access the webinar, sign up here.

 

 

 

Watch CAPLAW's Attorney Network webinar "Nuts and Bolts of Subgrant Agreements.".

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This webinar is intended to help attorneys better understand the rules that apply to CAAs proposing to subgrant federal funds. We discuss the framework that applies when determining whether a subrecipient or a contractor (vendor) relationship is created. We then talk about the applicable rules that affect the drafting of a subgrant agreement and walk through a sample agreement to highlight key contractual provisions.