What's New at CAPLAW?

 

new Working Better Together - A Two-Part Mergers & Shared Services Webinar Series

Part 1: An Exploration of Shared Administrative Services will discuss the various options for sharing services and the financial, legal, and government grant law issues to consider before doing so.

Date: Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Time: 2:00PM - 3:30PM EDT
Presenters: Eleanor Evans, Esq. and Veronica Zhang, Esq., CAPLAW

Part 2: Mergers as a Strategy for Success will explore how CAAs can reframe mergers as tools for furthering their impact. We will discuss the merger planning process and legal structuring, as well as tackle potential barriers to successful mergers, including Head Start competition issues, organizational culture, and the post-merger integration process.

Dates: Thursday, July 20, 2017
Time: 2:00PM - 3:30PM EDT
Presenters: Eleanor Evans, Esq. and Veronica Zhang, Esq., CAPLAW

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new CAPLAW is Seeking a New Board Member

CAPLAW invites member individual Community Action Agencies and member state and regional Community Action associations, as well as national Community Action associations, to share the CAPLAW board member application with their members and colleagues and to recommend current CAA Executive Directors/CEOs who would serve actively and effectively as a CAPLAW Board member.

For a complete description of the position and how to apply, download the application here. Application materials are due July 26, 2017.

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CSBG Organizational Standards Resources Guide

Check out CAPLAW's newly launched online guide, where resources developed by CAPLAW and the national Community Action Partnership are linked to specific CSBG Organizational Standards to help Community Action Agencies in their compliance efforts.

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Social Enterprises and Public CAA Case Studies

CAPLAW recently released two new case studies. One is Pace CAA Social Enterprises: A Case Study which examines how a nonprofit CAA leveraged its experience to establish social enterprises focused on helping individuals reach self-sufficiency. The other is Public CAA Case Study: The Power of a Tripartite Board which focuses on how the tripartite board of Montgomery County Community Action Agency, a public CAA, fulfills its responsibilities with respect to the CSBG Organizational Standards.

News for Community Action

 

new Quick Tips for WIOA MOUs

As implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) continues, some CAAs may be asked to sign on to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with their Local Workforce Development Board (WDB) and other WIOA partners. These MOUs generally describe various aspects of the one-stop delivery system, including who are the required partners, how the required partners will coordinate and deliver services, and how the required partners will contribute to the infrastructure costs of the one-stop centers (also known as American Job Centers (AJCs)). As with any contract, CAAs should be sure to fully understand the MOU before signing on. CAPLAW released a few quick tips to help CAAs navigate this process. To read this News Flash, click here.

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HHS Issues Final Head Start Program Performance Standards

On September 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the final Head Start Program Performance Standards (the final Performance Standards), the first comprehensive revision and reorganization of the Performance Standards since they were published in 1975.

The final Performance Standards took effect on November 7, 2016, though compliance with certain provisions will be phased in over a five-year period ending on August 1, 2021. Read More.

OHS subsequently announced that the compliance date for the background check and selection procedures under the final Performance Standards would be delayed until September 30, 2017. Read more.

For additional information on the final Performance Standards, please see the following:

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IRS ACA Webinar

A recording of the IRS webinar Determining Full-Time Employee Status under the Affordable Care Act, is available online. This webinar addresses determining full-time employees for purposes of the Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions; determining full-time status for employees who are seasonal, part-time or work non-traditional schedules; and using the different measurement methods.

 

 

 

Watch CAPLAW's Attorney Network webinar "Tips for Attorneys Reviewing CAA Bylaws".

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In this webinar, we examine the main issues for an attorney to consider when asked by a CAA to review and update its bylaws. We discuss laws specifically applicable to a CAA’s bylaws, such as the CSBG and Head Start board composition requirements, and what provisions the bylaws should contain to ensure compliance with those laws. We also touch on how a CAA’s bylaws address removal, board size, term limits, and conflicts of interest.


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