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Federal Courts Block Public Charge Rule

On October 11, 2019, three federal courts issued preliminary injunctions blocking the Department of Homeland Security’s public charge rule from taking effect on October 15.

CAPLAW News Alert on Blocked Public Charge Rule

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New Overtime Rule Takes Effect January 1, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor issued a new overtime rule, which increases the salary level required for an employee to be classified as exempt from the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)’s minimum wage and overtime rules, from $455 per week to $684 per week. The employee must also meet the salary basis test and applicable duties test.

CAPLAW News Alert on the New Overtime Rule

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All a-Board! The Purpose, People, and Process of CAA Boards

Introducing CAPLAW’s new video series, All a-Board! The Purpose, People, and Process of CAA Boards. These 8-10 minute animated short videos are designed to boost the capacity of Community Action Agency boards to recruit, engage, and fulfill their responsibilities.

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New Template Policies and FAQ

Sample Shared Services Agreement

Sample Whistleblower Policy

Recovering Shared and Indirect Costs FAQ

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Training & Orientation Tool for Public and Nonprofit CAA Tripartite Boards

Use these template PowerPoint presentations to train and orient members of your Community Action Agency board members on their roles and responsibilities, including a new presentation designed specifically for public CAA boards.

View the tool for Nonprofit CAAs

View the tool for Public CAAs

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Implementation Tools for CSBG and Head Start Board Compliance

Introducing a series of four tools that help boards of CAAs with Head Start programs implement specific governance requirements that overlap between the CSBG Organizational Standards and the Head Start Performance Standards. These four templates address required board composition, written democratic selection procedures, conflict of interest policies, and a shared calendar of CSBG and Head Start board required actions.

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Tips for Responding to ICE Inquiries at Your CAA or Head Start Center

The following resources cover tips for responding to immigration officials who show up at your CAA’s offices or Head Start facilities asking to speak to employees or clients, or seeking records pertaining to employees or clients.

Tips for CAAs | Tips for CAAs with Head Start

News for Community Action

 

Free Upcoming Webinars

FCC Consumer Education for the Community Action Network
Presented by: NCAF
Date: Monday, January 13, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
NCAF will host FCC staff for a discussion of important consumer education topics. Join in to get briefed on information important to your constituents and connect with resources regarding unwanted calls including robocalls and spoofing, telephone billing issues including slamming and cramming, protecting your smart devices from being lost or stolen, the ongoing broadcast transition and how broadcast TV stations in your area may be affected, and how to file informal complaints using our online Consumer Help Center.


Nonprofits and Elections in 2020
Presented by: Venable LLP
Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM EST
There are many ways a 501(c)(3) organization can be active during this election season without violating the tax code’s prohibition on “campaign intervention.” This webinar will discuss options for nonpartisan and unbiased candidate debates and forums, get-out-the-vote and voter registration activities, ballot measure advocacy, personal political activities by organization executives and employees, and guidelines for conducting issue advocacy in an election year. Unlike 501(c)(3) organizations, 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) organizations may support or oppose candidates, subject to limitations. But before getting started, it is essential to understand how the tax code regulates these activities, and how activities to support or oppose candidates are regulated by applicable campaign finance laws. This webinar will discuss the difference between contributions and independent expenditures, donor disclosure implications of political activities, tax implications for political activities, and how organizations can use separate political committees, including ballot committees, traditional PACs, and super PACs, to accomplish their election-related goals.


True Program Costs
Presented by: Propel Nonprofits
Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST
Learn how to calculate indirect expenses to determine true program costs. This webinar explores what expenses can be billed directly and what must be allocated, as well as acceptable methods for cost allocation.


What's My Role as a Nonprofit Board Member?
Presented by: Propel Nonprofits
Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST
You’re at the table – now what? Learn to participate in board meetings and other engagements with more confidence and knowledge about your role as a board member. This webinar will cover board responsibilities and how you can be a strong resource for a nonprofit organization.


Managing Cash Flow
Presented by: Propel Nonprofits
Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST
In this webinar you will learn how to navigate your nonprofit’s cash flow, how different types of income and expenses impact your finances, and ways to avoid and manage cash flow challenges.

 

Attorney Network Digest

The Attorney Network Digest is a newly-launched annual update for attorneys working with Community Action Agencies (CAAs). The digest features legal, governance, and financial resources and publications developed by CAPLAW over the past year that address issues unique to CAAs.

September 27, 2019
Topics: Shared Services Agreement • Whistleblower Policy • UBIT (Two-Part Webinar Series) • Attorneys as Board Members Webinar • FAQ: UBIT on Employer-Provided Parking • FAQ: Recovering Shared and Indirect Costs • Public Charge Rule • Census 2020 • Head Start Disaster Relief • Cloud Computing