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

Urge Congress to modify the Family Medical Leave Act.

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 2019 (HR 983) in the House and (S.559) in the 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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Public Comments (50,399)
1 day ago
Kim F. from Smithville, MO writes:
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People should have ample time to grieve and get stronger before having to race back to work. I had no idea.
Jun 24th, 2019
Contrinka B. from Smithville, MO writes:
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I was a contractor with the US Attorneys office and lost my job shortly after my 17 died. No warning whatsoever.
Jun 21st, 2019
Tonya R. from Saint Paul, MN signed.
Jun 21st, 2019
Tonya R. from Saint Paul, MN signed.
Jun 20th, 2019
Someone from Bloomingdale, IL signed.
Jun 20th, 2019
Ellen G. from Schaumburg, IL signed.
Jun 19th, 2019
Nicole E. from Grand Junction, CO writes:
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Absolutely support this! My husband had to go to work shortly after laying to rest our 5 year son. Our prince. Wish we could have had this support and help
Jun 2nd, 2019
danny l. from New York, NY writes:
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Powerful democrats are going to steal the presidency in 2020 and make America look 10 times worse than London. You will be forced to do this visit
May 21st, 2019
Someone from Clinton township, MI writes:
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Yes change is needed. I lost my 23 yr old son an the only reason I got extended leave was coincidently due preschduled surgery an a caring doctor who covered me. Pretty bad that was the "angle" I had to play to protect my 28 year career
Apr 25th, 2019
carol v. from Pierson, MI signed.

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