DOL Clarifies Meaning of “in loco parentis” in the FMLA

Recently, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a new Administrator Interpretation on the meaning of “in loco parentis” in the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  The interpretation makes clear that a person who steps in to parent a child qualifies for FMLA leave under the provision of the Act that provides leave for those who act in loco parentis. Examples ... Read More »

Congressional Hearing on Cyber bullying

On Thursday, June 24th, the House Committee on Education and Labor, Subcommittee on Healthy Families and Communities, chaired by Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), held a hearing on cyber bullying.  The witness panel included popular television psychologist, Dr. Phil Mcgraw, and 14-year-old Girl Scout, Dominique Napolitano. Ms. Napolitano offered personal insight by describing a cyber bullying incident involving a school friend, ... Read More »

Congressional Hearing on Corporal Punishment in Schools

The House Committee on Education and Labor, Subcommittee on Healthy Families and Communities, chaired by Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), recently held a hearing on “Corporal Punishment in Schools and its Effect on Academic Success.”  McCarthy explained that over 220,000 students were paddled in schools in the United States in the 2006-2007school year, according to the most recent data available from ... Read More »

As Congress Struggles, CMS Resumes Processing Medicare Claims

Faced with several more days of congressional debate, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has begun processing payments for Medicare Part B claims for services delivered beginning June 1, 2010 and afterward, including those of physicians and clinical social workers. For the third time this year, Congress has been stymied in its efforts to pass legislation that would ... Read More »

Support Essential Extenders Legislation, H.R. 4213

Action Requested Email your targeted Senator today and urge they support critical extenders legislation, H.R. 4213. Target Senators: Bayh (IN), Brown (MA), Collins (ME), Menendez (NJ), Nelson (NE), Shaheen (NH), Snowe (ME) and Warner (VA).   Background Congress has struggled for weeks over a sprawling “extenders bill” caught between conflicting needs to reduce deficit spending and extend several key expiring ... Read More »

NASW Encourages Members to Work in Their Communities to Curb Childhood Obesity and Reading Loss This Summer

The White House Office of Public Engagement is asking NASW and other national and community organizations to become involved in the 2010 “United We Serve” initiative - to combat childhood obesity and summer learning loss, by encouraging our nation’s youth to engage in summer reading, become more physically fit, and make healthy food choices. This initiative is an Administration-wide effort ... Read More »

NASW and Partners Urge Congress to Increase Education Funding

NASW recently partnered with the Committee for Education Funding (CEF) and the Coalition for Health Funding (CHF) to urge House and Senate Appropriators to substantially increase funding in the FY 2011 budget for several line items to include job training programs, Pell Grants, Head Start, and the Child Care and Development Block Grant. To learn more about the federal government’s ... Read More »

FTC Delays Red Flag Rules Affecting Social Workers in Private Practice

Effective June 1, 2010, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has once again delayed enforcement of the “Red Flags” Rule through December 31, 2010. The FTC stated this new delay is necessary to allow time for Congress to consider legislation that would affect the scope of entities covered by the Rule. Institutions will remain under the original November 1, 2008, deadline ... Read More »

News from the Hill – May 2010, Second Edition

Political Climate The primary season began in earnest on Tuesday, May 18 and we learned several important lessons that night.  For one, voter turnout was not particularly high, defying the expectations of many observers who believed voter anger would voice itself loudly at the first opportunity.  Second, the night clearly went better for Democrats than it did for Republicans.  The ... Read More »

Breaking Congressional News: CMS Prepares to Hold Medicare Provider Claims; Congress Fails to Pass Essential Legislation

Urgent action on a bill that includes a provision postponing the scheduled payment rate cuts to Medicare Part B providers, known as the SGR formula, has been delayed due to opposition to the high cost of the item. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which administers the program, announced today that it will delay payment of claims to ... Read More »