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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
Mar 19th, 2017
Nancy A. from Wyckoff, NJ signed.
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Someone from Sykesville, MD signed.
Mar 19th, 2017
Marcia P. from Bradenton, FL signed.
Mar 19th, 2017
Philip K. from Brookeville, MD signed.
Mar 19th, 2017
Jodi N. from Locust Grove, VA writes:
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The death of a child at any age should be covered under this Act, not just children 18 and under.
Mar 19th, 2017
Nancy R. from Crofton, MD signed.
Mar 19th, 2017
Kristen B. from Bellingham, MA signed.
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Someone from Saint Johns, FL signed.
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Someone from Voorhees, NJ signed.
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Ellen R. from Scottsdale, AZ signed.
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Marianna J. from Felton, DE signed.
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Someone from Dover, DE signed.
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Someone from Pompano Beach, FL signed.
Mar 19th, 2017
Robin K. from West Palm Beach, FL writes:
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This needs to happen.No lost greater than Your Child.When I was working at the PBCounty School Board in South Florida.I was harassed and ridicule and treated in a inhuman way by the Principal of the school and others. I had bad anxiety attacks and now suffer from PTSD.This principal did not care.He constantly accused me of things I never did. He should of been reprimanded at the time but I was too numb and also a widow anf could not even drive .This needs to pass.It is a debilitating loss no one should ever have to go through.A grieving mother.
Mar 19th, 2017
Kay S. from Dover, DE signed.
Mar 19th, 2017
Victoria R. from Scottsdale, AZ writes:
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This has been a long time coming. Make it happen!
Mar 19th, 2017
Victoria R. from Scottsdale, AZ writes:
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This has been a long time coming. Make it happen!
Mar 19th, 2017
Mitch R. from Scottsdale, AZ writes:
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This bill MUST be passed this time around.
Mar 19th, 2017
Holly G. from Jericho, NY signed.
Mar 19th, 2017
Katie A. from Atlanta, GA signed.
Mar 19th, 2017
Sherry L. from Mchenry, IL signed.
Mar 19th, 2017
Joannie K. from Saint Paul, MN writes:
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I have had both of my children die 6 years apart. It's the most get wrenching thing any parent has to try to live through. I wasn't able to crawl off the couch to do anything but shower for a few weeks. I tried to eat and couldn't. Please understand your child dying is like losing a limb. And trying to go to a job after a few days or a weeks is cruel. And having two or more die is ---well try to imagine! Please add this to the Family Medical Leave Act. It is so important. Thank You Kellie Kaye & Mitchell John and their forever mom, Joannie Kemling
Mar 19th, 2017
Mary M. from North Babylon, NY signed.
Mar 19th, 2017
Bruce B. from Greenville, SC writes:
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PLEASE PASS THIS LEGISLATION!!!!
Mar 19th, 2017
Tammy B. from Kew Gardens, NY writes:
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This should be a no brained. Come on people.
Mar 19th, 2017
Anne Z. from Ashburn, VA signed.
Mar 19th, 2017
Andrew Z. from Broadlands, VA writes:
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Please show mercy and compassion and vote yes for parental bereavement leave.
Mar 19th, 2017
Caron S. from Roslyn Heights, NY signed.
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Bonnie L. from Hoboken, NJ signed.
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Someone from Allendale, MI signed.
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Gabriella P. from Tucson, AZ signed.
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Alfred M. from Plainview, NY signed.
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Christina F. from Flagstaff, AZ signed.
Mar 19th, 2017
Someone from Boynton Beach, FL writes:
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Can't imagine the pain. There should be time to mourn.
Mar 19th, 2017
Someone from Decatur, IL signed.
Mar 19th, 2017
J Barton S. from Ada, MI writes:
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I have lost a 10 year-old son, David. I now run a nonprofit that helps those struggling with grief find a way forward. The common denominator in devastating loss people face is society not honoring their grief. Our society has lost touch with what tragic loss can do to a person's life. Please help us bring back the dignity of honoring people's loss.
Mar 19th, 2017
Someone from Croton On Hudson, NY writes:
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This is an important, non-partisan bill. It must be passed. Grieving parents deserve no less.
Mar 19th, 2017
Rick Y. from Moundsville, WV writes:
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A true nightmare for any parent!
Mar 19th, 2017
Julianne J. from Absecon, NJ signed.
Mar 19th, 2017
Someone from Prescott, AZ writes:
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I can't imagine a pain greater than losing a child.