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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 recently 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.

We want your input! Join our video series focus group.

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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. A new presentation designed specifically for public CAA boards is now available.

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

Nonprofit Overtime Webinar: Labor Department Issues Overtime Final Rule
Presented by: National Council of Nonprofits
Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM EST
On September 24, the U.S. Department of Labor announced its Overtime Final Rule that will adjust the salary level test, part of a three-part test for determining when white-collar workers are exempt or must be paid overtime for working more than 40 hours in a week. This webinar will cover what the Overtime Final Rule means for nonprofit operations and missions, and what nonprofits should be doing now to prepare. Officials from the U.S. Department of Labor and experts from groups representing workers and employers will present their unique perspectives and answer questions from nonprofits.


Is Impact Investing a Good Strategy for Your Organization?
Presented by: TechSoup
Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST
In this 60-minute webinar, Will Jacobsen, senior director of strategic investments and investor relations at Kiva Capital, and Ken Tsunoda, vice president of development at TechSoup, will discuss what impact investing means for nonprofits, the pros and cons of impact investing, how nonprofits can participate in impact investing, finding the right strategic partnerships in a highly regulated field, and resources and takeaways to help you get started.


Capital Campaigning in a Digital Era
Presented by: TechSoup
Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST
Capital campaigning for nonprofits has seen very little innovation over the past few decades. This webinar will cover the latest strategies and techniques for capital campaigns and how to harness the power of crowdfunding to do your next capital campaign in a drastically shorter amount of time, with much greater success.


10-Step Budgeting Process
Presented by: Propel Nonprofits
Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST
The success and usefulness of a budget largely depends on the process used to create it. This webinar will cover a 10-step budget process that will ensure your budget reflects your organization’s mission, strategic plan, and programmatic priorities.


The Engaged Nonprofit Budget: How to Make it an Annual Strategic Moment
Presented by: Propel Nonprofits
Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
For most nonprofits, there is no more consistent planning process or tool than the annual budget. This webinar will guide you through an assessment of your current approach to the annual budget and share actionable recommendations for how to update your process and budget document to better reflect today’s financial and strategic realities. Topics include strategic choice points in the design of your budget-building process, budget formatting options to better present nuances such as restricted funding and uses of various forms of capital, and how to use your budget to engage staff and board in analysis and decision-making year-round. This session is ideal for executive directors, finance directors, board finance committee members, and others who work closely on the annual budgeting process.

 

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