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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.
Public Comments
1 hour ago
Cheryl R. from Twain Harte, CA signed.
5 hours ago
Someone from Kaysville, UT writes:
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I lost my job because I lost my daughter. I was in a dazed fog for the first 6 months, and shouldn't have even been driving, let alone working. This event paralyzes a parent.
7 hours ago
Vicki Z. from Park Forest, IL writes:
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I cannot even imagine losing a child then having to go back to work so quickly while still going through the grieving process.
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Someone from Washington, IN signed.
9 hours ago
shelley b. from Jacksonville, FL writes:
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S. Baynton Jacksonville fl
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Michelle C. from New Albany, IN signed.
Jun 26th at 4:39 pm
Kelly N. from Las Vegas, NV signed.
Jun 26th at 1:36 pm
Someone from Plainville, IN signed.
Jun 26th at 1:16 pm
Dawn H. from Willis, TX writes:
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Had a devastated ex-coworker that would have benefited from this should it have been in place at the time she needed it. I can not even imagine the pain from the loss of a child much worrying about losing your job during your grieving.
Jun 26th at 1:07 pm
Sheila W. from Washington, IN signed.
Jun 26th at 12:44 pm
Someone from Lebanon, OR signed.
Jun 26th at 12:14 pm
Someone from Odon, IN signed.
Jun 26th at 12:13 pm
Someone from Pierceton, IN signed.
Jun 26th at 10:55 am
Joanna N. from Upland, IN signed.
Jun 26th at 10:38 am
Sheila W. from Plainville, IN writes:
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The FMLA helps people balance work and personal life in extraordinary circumstances, a good law that can be made better by adding coverage for devastating the devasting situation of losing a child, at any age.
Jun 26th at 9:44 am
Someone from Harrison Township, MI signed.
Jun 26th at 8:27 am
Someone from Bluemont, VA signed.
Jun 26th at 8:18 am
Yvonne S. from Brattleboro, VT signed.
Jun 26th at 8:02 am
Carmela G. from Pine Bluffs, WY signed.
Jun 26th at 7:09 am
Judith G. from Louisville, KY writes:
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Critical addition absolutely
Jun 26th at 7:00 am
Susan E. from Louisville, KY signed.
1 day ago
Donna Marie Q. from Hagatna, GU signed.
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Sandy M. from Cincinnati, OH signed.
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Noreen L. from Elmwood Park, IL signed.
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Someone from Louisville, KY signed.
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Someone from Round Rock, TX signed.
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Someone from Round Rock, TX signed.
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Someone from Willis, TX signed.
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Kerri R. from Sun City Center, FL signed.
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Cebette M. from Louisville, KY writes:
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I have seen the toll this has taken on several close friends. This is very much needed.
1 day ago
Someone from Fond Du Lac, WI writes:
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This extra time is extremely necessary to add in addition to FMLA.
1 day ago
Someone from Fond Du Lac, WI writes:
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This extra time is extremely necessary to add in addition to FMLA.
1 day ago
Jessica S. from Englishtown, NJ signed.
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Hope F. from Bedford, IN signed.
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Sara S. from Eureka Springs, AR signed.
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Ann S. from Shoals, IN signed.
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Karis H. from Maylene, AL signed.
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Jennifer C. from Whitinsville, MA signed.
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Brianne W. from Sierra Vista, AZ signed.
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Judy R. from Woodridge, IL writes:
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Please I've had too many friends bury their kids.