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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

Level Up Your Executive Team
Presented by: The Bridgespan Group
Date: Monday, November 25, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM EST
The effectiveness of your executive team has a profound impact on the overall effectiveness of your entire nonprofit organization. Because the stakes are so high, even strong teams can benefit from moving from good to great. During this webinar, Bridgespan consultants will discuss the root causes of executive team challenges, five steps you can take with your executive team to significantly improve effectiveness, and tools to help your team get started.


Getting Ready for an Audit: Everything You Need to Know
Presented by: TechSoup
Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST
Wouldn't it be nice to know exactly what auditors will be asking and expecting from you — BEFORE they arrive — and be ready with everything they need? This webinar will cover a complete list of what your auditor will need, how to generate audit items quickly and easily, understanding what an auditor typically asks and what answers they are looking for, best practices for internal controls, and any questions you have about financial statement audits.


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.


Where Does Governance Stop and Management Begin?
Presented by: Propel Nonprofits
Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST
A nonprofit’s board and staff need to be collaborative partners in order to achieve the mission of the organization. However, there are times where roles and responsibilities become blurred. This webinar will help clarify where governance stops and management begins.


True Program Costs
Presented by: Propel Nonprofits
Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2019
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.

 

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