Be the First to Test CAPLAW’s New
Self-Training Tool For Tripartite Boards!
One way to empower a CAA board is to give it the tools it needs to educate itself. With this in mind, CAPLAW has created a new self-training tool to provide a CAA board with the guidance and information it needs to teach itself about the Community Service Block Grant Act (CSBG) tripartite board requirements. The tool consists of questions, quizzes, exercises and resources that the board is instructed to work through with the help of a board member facilitator. CAPLAW is specifically looking for CAA boards that are willing to test the self-training tool and provide specific, candid feedback on it. Our goal is to improve the tool over the next year to ensure that it fulfills its intended purpose of helping CAA boards help themselves.
If you are interested in working with CAPLAW to test and improve the tool, please contact Allison Ma’luf at firstname.lastname@example.org. Even if your board does not work with CAPLAW when using the tool, we would still be very interested in receiving your feedback.
Community Action Agencies (CAAs) can learn more about what to expect if a shutdown occurs October 1 and what actions to take to minimize the effects by reading CAPLAW’s article, Preparing for a Possible Government Shutdown. Additionally, in the event of a prolonged shutdown, CAAs may be compelled to make tough staffing choices. CAPLAW’s article, Evaluating Cost-Saving Workforce Options in Leaner Times, offers an overview of some of the more common approaches CAAs may take to reduce staffing costs, as well as some of the key federal legal issues to consider when weighing these options.
Deadline Approaching to Provide Health Insurance Marketplace Notice
To comply with the Affordable Care Act, employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act should provide notice to their employees about Health Insurance Marketplaces (also referred to as Health Insurance Exchanges) by October 1, 2013. While notice must be provided to all current employees by October 1, 2013, notice to employees hired after October 1, 2013 is to be provided within 14 days of their start date. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has provided two Model Notices, one for employers that do not offer a health plan and one for employers that do. The DOL recently advised that, as of now, the failure to provide notice will not subject an employer to a fine or penalty. A CAA can learn more about what must be included in the notice and see the Model Notices by reading DOL’s FAQ on Notice of Coverage Options. Also, the legal alert by the national law firm Fisher & Phillips LLP offers guidance on complying with the notice requirement including common pitfalls to avoid.
CAPLAW Analysis on Some Frequently Asked CSBG Questions
If your CAA has questions or concerns about the Community Service Block Grant Act (CSBG) eligibility requirements or the prohibition against using CSBG funds to acquire, construct or permanently improve facilities, check out CAPLAW’s recent analysis of these complex CSBG Act provisions. With this analysis, CAPLAW proposes practical ways to approach and think about these often scrutinized sections of the Act. It is important to note that the analysis does not represent the opinions of the federal Office of Community Services (OCS). Download here.
This e-News Bulletin is part of the National T/TA Strategy for Promoting Exemplary Practices and Risk Mitigation for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program and is presented free of charge to CSBG grantees. It was created by Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc. (CAPLAW) in the performance of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services Cooperative Agreement – Grant Award Number 90ET0433. Any opinion, findings, and conclusions, or recommendations expressed In this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.