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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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.

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Affordable Care Act Check-Up Webinar Series

The employer mandate is in effect for many larger employers, but many employers still have questions.  Through two one-hour webinars, we examine specific compliance issues surrounding the employer mandate, focusing first on how to identify who is full-time employee covered by the mandate and then on how to meet the new reporting requirements, using new IRS Forms 1094 and 1095.  Learn more and view recordings.


News for Community Action

 

ACA Filing Deadlines Approaching

The deadlines for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) information reporting with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are quickly approaching. This year’s deadlines come later than first expected due to the extensions offered by the IRS at the end of December. The deadline for furnishing the 2015 Forms 1095-C to employees, which was extended by two months, is March 31, 2016, and the deadline for electronically filing the Forms 1095-C and 1094-C, which was extended by three months, is June 30, 2016. For more information about ACA reporting requirements, see the IRS Q&A on information reporting by health care providers, and for information about the deadline extensions, see this Legal Alert from the law firm Trucker Huss.

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CAPLAW Submits Comments on Proposed Head Start Program Performance Standards

On June 19, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services proposed the first comprehensive revision and reorganization of the Head Start Program Performance Standards since they were published in 1975. CAPLAW submitted comments on the proposed Standards, a copy of which is available here. Read CAPLAW's August 2015 e-Bulletin article for a summary of the significant changes in the proposed Standards.

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Update on the Uniform Guidance

In September 2015 the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR) issued two important updates to the Uniform Guidance. First, OMB published “correcting amendments” to the Uniform Guidance, which can be viewed on the Federal Register website here or in PDF format here. Second, COFAR updated its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the Uniform Guidance. The recent update contains 25 new questions and several amended questions. The updated FAQ can be viewed on COFAR’s website. Read more.

 

 

 

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.