Upcoming Training by Brian Tipton of the Private Client Law Group
October 14-15, 2014
Brian Tipton, a regular presenter at CAPLAW national conferences, is conducting this exclusive two-day small-group grants management training on the fundamentals of federal grants management and offering CAPLAW members a $50 discount with this code, CAPLAW14A10.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued guidance this Summer that explains its position with regards to some requirements of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended, to individuals who have pregnancy-related disabilities. It is important to note that the guidance is non-binding and federal courts may chose not to follow it. The guidance focuses on the provision in the PDA prohibiting an employer from discriminating against an employee on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions and directing an employer to treat such women the same as other persons who are similar with regards to their ability or inability to work. Continue reading.
Recognizing that some Head Start programs have experienced transportation-related incidents ranging from a child left on buses to a child’s release to an unapproved guardian at a bus stop, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) recently issued guidance in the form of Information Memorandum (IM)-HS-14-04 focused on systems and plans that a Head Start grantee may implement to ensure the safe transportation of children to and from programs and local field trips. The IM offers a variety of examples illustrating the systems, active supervision methods and safety practices that a Head Start grantee may implement to help protect children being transported. OHS explains that the list of examples is not an exhaustive one and each grantee must adopt strategies that best address its own needs and risks.
The Nonprofits Assistance Fund (NAF) offers a variety of financial tools and instructive materials to help nonprofits better understand and manage their financial responsibilities. Some of the resources currently on their website that may be of particular interest to CAAs include:
IRS Draft Instructions for ACA Employer Mandate Forms
Earlier this Summer the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued draft versions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer mandate forms and just this week issued draft instructions for those forms. The purpose of these forms is for the government to ensure that individuals and employers are complying with their obligations under the ACA to either obtain or provide health care coverage and to notify individuals of their eligibility for a subsidy on the health insurance exchange. To learn more about these draft instructions and forms see this Legal Alert from the law firm Ballard Spahr LLC.
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.