What's New at CAPLAW?

 

New Resource: Do's and Don'ts of Workplace COVID-19 Vaccinations

As Community Action Agencies (CAAs) continue to adapt and evolve in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, their strategies for protecting employees from serious illness resulting from COVID-19 has shifted from mitigating the risk of transmission via measures like PPE and social distancing to promoting vaccinations. This article provides guidance for CAAs that want to encourage employee vaccinations and offers some key do’s and don’ts as they engage in vaccine-related efforts.

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New Resource: Preserving the Low-Income Voice: Snapshots of Democratic Selection Procedures in a Pandemic

In this collection of snapshots, CAPLAW presents the experiences of CAAs that successfully recruited and elected new low-income sector representatives to their board during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope their stories will inspire other CAAs to consider innovative methods of engaging their communities and complying with tripartite board requirements throughout the pandemic, and beyond.

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Updated Case Studies: Raising the Low-Income Voice: Case Studies in Democratic Selection Procedures

CAPLAW’s case studies provide an in-depth view of the various ways 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." We updated these case studies in 2021 to show how these CAAs adapted their existing democratic selection procedures in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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New FAQ: Unlocking the Potential of the Tripartite Board Private Sector

CAAs have the opportunity to leverage certain flexibilities when filling private sector seats on their tripartite boards. This FAQ seeks to answer key questions about identifying, recruiting, and selecting private sector members and groups to serve on the tripartite board, and to present ways CAAs can utilize the private sector seats to boost board capacity.

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New Case Studies: Leadership During Crisis: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic

CAPLAW and the National Community Action Partnership have developed two case studies focused on the ability of CAAs to respond to unique challenges and effectively govern themselves during difficult times. These case studies highlight the examples of two CAAs, and how each relied on good governance practices and communication to navigate complex challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pro Action of Steuben and Yates
Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission

News for Community Action

 

Coronavirus Updates for the Community Action Network

CAPLAW is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak and impacts on the Community Action network. See the latest developments and funding source guidance here. (Last updated July 9, 2021).

Recently Updated:
Building Readiness: Planning, Prevention, Response, and Liability
CARES Act Benefits for Nonprofit CAAs

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Final Uniform Guidance Revisions Issued

On August 13, 2020, the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released its final guidance revising sections of the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. This is the first major revision of the Uniform Guidance since its publication in 2014, and contains changes that will affect how federal grant recipients administer their federal funds. Read more.

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Free Upcoming Webinars

Myths and Misconceptions about Cybersecurity in Nonprofits
Presented by: Sightline Security
Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Time: 11:00 AM EDT
Having cybersecurity measures in place is crucial for your organization. This webinar is the first in a three-part series focused on breaking down misconceptions, best approaches, and key questions about cybersecurity.


Scenario Planning in Uncertain Times
Presented by: Propel Nonprofits
Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
This webinar will explore how to assess your current and future financial positions by developing new scenario and contingency plans for your organizations, discussing techniques to having practical conversations critical to organizational decision making, and providing analytical tools to help gauge the flexibility of your expenses.


Data and Technology Transactions in a Digital Age: What Your Organization Needs to Know
Presented by: Venable LLP
Date: Thursday, July 29, 2021
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EDT
When evaluating technology solutions, it is crucial to evaluate the contracts and licenses that are involved, especially the obligations and liabilities that may arise under these contracts with respect to third parties. This webinar will examine common provisions and major legal issues in complex intellectual property contracts and data transactions, as well as the legal requirements that may apply to the use of personal and other proprietary data.

 

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 29, 2020
Topics: Procurement Policy and RFP Decision Matrix • Record Retention Policy • Whistleblower Policy • Conflict of Interest Policies • FQHC Opportunities Webinar • Mergers Opportunities Webinar • Updates to the New Head Start DRS Webinar • Policies in Practice Webinar Series • Public Charge FAQ • New Overtime Rule FAQ • Overview of FLSA Principles FAQ • COVID-19 Reopening Guide • CARES Act Benefits for Nonprofit CAAs • Coronavirus Updates for CAAs • COVID-19 Case Studies • Federal Contractor Diversity Trainings • Managing Disallowances in Incentive Compensation

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