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Parental Bereavement Leave (The Farley-Kluger Initiative to Amend the FMLA)

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I, the undersigned, support the need for a Parental Bereavement Leave Act as a way of extending coverage and existing benefits allowed by FMLA to employees that have experienced the death of a child.

It is my strong opinion that the death of a child is one of the worst experiences that anyone can endure. I find it unacceptable that the death of a child is not included as a protected reason to qualify for the benefits that are set forth in the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993.

As your constituent, I encourage you to give this issue serious consideration and support The Sarah Grace-Farley-Kluger Act/ The Parental Bereavement Act of 2017 in the House and/or Senate to make the necessary modification to the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993. Since the existing FMLA defines a child as anyone under the age of 18, verbiage should be added to allow bereaved parents to qualify for these benefits.

I support Kelly Farley and Barry Kluger in their efforts to make these necessary changes and allow the time needed to begin the healing process.

The Farley-Kluger Initiative is proud to have the support of such organizations as the Polly Klaas Foundation, the National Association of Social Workers, American Counseling Association, the Elisabeth-Kubler Ross Foundation, Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA), First Candle, The Grief Recovery Institute Educational Foundation, Parents of Murdered Children (POMC), The MISS Foundation, Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc., The JED Foundation, Blue Star Families, Gold Star Mothers and Fathers, The Sarah Grace Foundation for Children with Cancer, The Children's Bereavement Center of Miami, National Students of AMF, American Academy of Grief Counseling, National Alliance for Grieving Children, Red Means Stop Traffic Safety Alliance and The American Institute for Health Care Professionals, to name a few.

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19 hours ago
Tara P. from Cartersville, GA signed.
1 day ago
Lynnette L. from Springfield, VA writes:
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A common sense addition to the existing FMLA.
1 day ago
Kimberly T. from Austin, TX signed.
just now
Someone from Stevens Point, WI signed.
2 days ago
Someone writes:
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This should automatically be included and should not be something a grieving parent should have to fight for!
2 days ago
Steve R. from Bethesda, MD signed.
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JoAnn M. from Champlin, MN signed.
2 days ago
Nancy K. from Pompano Beach, FL writes:
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I think the death of a child should be included as a NECCESSARY modification to the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993. There is nothing worse then outliving your child and I strongly support THE SARAH GRACE-FARLEY-KLUGER ACT/The Parental Bereavement act of 2017 in the House and/or Senate.
2 days ago
Mary Ann F. from Phoenix, AZ signed.
2 days ago
Jane H. from San Mateo, CA writes:
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I can't imagine any reason why an employer would not provide bereavement leave to someone who has lost a child. It's not only a gesture of compassion and humanity, but also strengthens the bond between employee and the company. Do the right thing.