Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Department of Energy Weatherization Procurement Toolkit

View the DOE memo on “The Weatherization Procurement Toolkit”

The toolkit aims to assist Grantees as much as possible in ramp up efforts for the Weatherization Assistance Program. For a copy of the toolkit, please contact your state association.

Monday, November 23, 2009


Visit CAPLAW's new General ARRA FAQs page, part of the CAPLAW Online ARRA Toolkit.


View updated Davis-Bacon Act information and resources, part of CAPLAW's Online ARRA Toolkit. 

Friday, November 20, 2009

Job Reporting Update for Head Start Grantees

Job reporting update for Head Start grantees receiving COLA increases under ARRA – November 18, 2009

Recent guidance  from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services informs Head Start and Early Head Start grantees who receive Cost of Living Increases (COLA) under ARRA that the use of these funds will no longer be reported as jobs retained. An Office of Management and Budget (OMB) FAQ on reporting  makes it clear that COLAs should not be counted as jobs retained.

UPDATED! Step-by-Step Guide for Complying with the Davis-Bacon Act

View updated appendices and instructions in CAPLAW's Step-by-Step Guide for Complying with the Davis-Bacon Act for weatherization assistance program subgrantees, their contractors and subcontractors.

View the Updated Step-by-Step Guide

CAPLAW Congratulates Eloise Pasachoff

CAPLAW would like to congratulate Eloise Pasachoff, former CAPLAW legal intern, on her new position as clerk for Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor!

Updated CAPLAW Bylaws Toolkit

CAPLAW’s recently updated Bylaws Toolkit is just what you need to make your organization’s bylaws clear, effective, and up-to-date.

The toolkit outlines key concepts for your agency’s bylaws, such as the authority of the Board of Directors, petitions for board representation, replacement of directors due to vacancies, quorum and voting policies, officers, conflicts of interest, and more. Updated information includes new sample language reflecting: the requirements of the 2007 Head Start Reauthorization, evolving governance best practices, and CAPLAW’s experience reviewing CAA bylaws over the last several years. The toolkit is available in hard-copy or in handy electronic form.

Order now!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

New! Head Start Consultant Sample Agreement

New CAPLAW Head Start Consultant Sample Agreement on early childhood education and development in compliance with federal Head Start requirements.

View the sample agreement

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

CAPLAW IRS & Form 990 Information

Visit CAPLAW's New IRS and Form 990 Information Page

Get information on the redesigned Form 990, read IRS exempt organization updates, access online trainings and toolkits, and more.

View the IRS and Form 990 Information Page

Monday, November 16, 2009

Connect with CAA Financial Professionals & Experts

Share information, provide peer-to-peer assistance, benefit from financial experts' input.

CAPLAW's CAA Financial Network e-Forum is a virtual meeting place for CAA financial professionals to discuss financial issues with peers and financial experts. The CAA Financial Network e-Forum is free and open to CAPLAW members and non-members alike.

Join the CAA Financial Network e-Forum

Friday, November 13, 2009

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Robert M. Coard Tribute Video

Watch the ABCD tribute video to Robert Coard.

Employers Must Update Required EEOC Posting

Leonard, Street and Deinard Alert:
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released an update to its required "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law" posting. The new version reflects current federal employment discrimination law, including information regarding the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) and ADA Amendments Act regulations. The revised poster also includes updates from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The EEOC posting update is mandatory for all covered employers and can be downloaded at the EEOC's Web site: www.eeoc.gov/posterform.html.

Read more about the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Robert M. Coard

CAPLAW is greatly saddened by the passing of Robert Coard, recently retired President of ABCD and former President and Board member of CAPLAW, on Tuesday, November 3rd. Mr. Coard was a leader in community action and advocate for low-income individuals everywhere.

Read the Boston Globe's article,
Robert Coard, fought for justice as head of ABCD

Monday, November 2, 2009

CAPLAW Online Toolkits

CAPLAW’s Online toolkits are evolving resources that include user-friendly summaries of laws, rules and best practices guidance, sample policies and procedures, trainings, frequently asked questions, and links to outside resources that make navigating the issues affecting all Community Action Agencies a little bit easier.

View CAPLAW's ARRA Online Toolkit

View CAPLAW's Governance, Grant Law and Financial Management Online Toolkit