What's New at CAPLAW?

 

new Two-Part Webinar Series: Changing the Game: How CAAs can engage in politics, advocacy, and lobbying

This two-part webinar series focusing on the lobbying and political activity rules applicable to CAAs is now available on demand. Both sessions include discussion of hypothetical scenarios to help CAAs understand the practical and legal implications of engaging in these activities. The first webinar Make Your Voice Heard: Advocacy and Lobbying addresses how CAAs can advocate effectively within the various rules. The second webinar Political Activity: Playing by the Rules discusses the laws that govern how CAAs engage in political activities.

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FAQ: FLSA Overtime Rule Blocked – What Do CAAs Do Now?

This FAQ, FLSA Overtime Rule Blocked – What Do CAAs Do Now?, discusses the ruling that blocked the new FLSA overtime rule and assists CAAs in developing a practical plan of action. For additional information about the new overtime rule see this FAQ.

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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

 

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 17, 2017. Read more.

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

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IRS Retirement Plan and ACA Webinars

Recordings of the following IRS webinars are available online: Understanding the Universal Availability Rules in a 403(b) Retirement Plan, which addresses basic universal availability rules, treatment of part-time, seasonal, and temporary employees, required notices, and other related topics; and Determining Full-Time Employee Status under the Affordable Care Act, which 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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