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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
May 8th, 2017
Krishnan S. from Beaver Creek, MN signed.
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Cassie S. from Montrose, MN signed.
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Someone from Saint Paul, MN signed.
May 7th, 2017
ALEXANDER S. from Rosemount, MN writes:
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My son died on September 29th, 2015 following a severe asthma attack at the age of 10 1/2 months old. I was lucky enough to receive an FMLA. My wife did not, but her boss at the small business she works at let her take about 6 weeks. I fully support this legislation. 12 weeks unpaid leave is the very least we can do for parents who have experienced the worst thing any patent could go through.
May 7th, 2017
ALEXANDER S. from Rosemount, MN signed.
May 6th, 2017
Sybil F. from Saint Petersburg, FL writes:
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When my daughter died, I was seven months pregnant with twins. I tried to go back to work, but the pain was unbearable and I feared for my own health and the health of my unborn children, given the stress I was under. I was also caring for a four year old surviving sibling, who experienced a tremendous loss herself. If it were not for a supportive boss and Co-workers, I would not have been able to take time to heal, deliver my twins safely, and stay with them for maternity leave. No parent, under any circumstances, should have to return to work before they have had time to process their loss.
May 6th, 2017
Nancy B. from Louisville, KY writes:
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Losing my children was the worst thing to happen in my life. I always thought the worst day of my life would be losing my mom, but by the time she died the worst day had already come.
May 6th, 2017
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Maria C. from Greensburg, PA signed.
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Rachel T. from Tallahassee, FL writes:
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Mar 30th, 2017
Doreen T. from Fort Worth, TX signed.