What's New at CAPLAW?

 

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

On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, a federal judge issued a nationwide preliminary injunction temporarily blocking the new overtime rule under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, just days before it was set to take effect on December 1, 2016. CAAs and other employers that have spent the past few months planning for the new rule are now faced with a difficult decision—should they hold off or move forward with the planned personnel changes? Is the preliminary injunction the final word on the overtime rule? This FAQ, FLSA Overtime Rule Blocked – What Do CAAs Do Now?, addresses these questions as well as others to help CAAs develop a practical plan of action.

To learn more about compliance with the new overtime rule see this FAQ by CAPLAW.

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new 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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new 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.

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new UBIT Issues and Procurement Rules in Shared Services Arrangements: Updates to Working Better Together

Thinking about entering into a shared services arrangement with another Community Action Agency or nonprofit organization? Consider the unrelated business income tax (UBIT) issues involved in such arrangements as well as the procurement rules that may apply. See recent updates to these topics in CAPLAW’s online resource, Working Better Together: CAPLAW’s Guide to Shared Services and Mergers.

News for Community Action

 

new 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 will take 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.

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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