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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
Jul 22nd, 2017
Jaime R. from Fort Myers, FL signed.
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Cathy S. from West River, MD signed.
Jul 22nd, 2017
Denise S. from Salisbury, PA writes:
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Death hurts people all in different ways and people should be able to grieve in privacy. Espcially when suffering from a loss of a child.
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Daniel H. from Diamond, OH writes:
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Workers rights need to be our top priority in the foreseeable future!
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Sharon M. from Annapolis, MD signed.
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Rene S. from Gambrills, MD writes:
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This is a no brainer.
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Jul 22nd, 2017
Andreas H. from Lake City, PA writes:
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The loss of a child is painful beyond comprehension, because we all have a sense of the natural order of things and an innate need to protect our children. As one grows older you understand no matter how painful the passing of loved ones of a prior generation. Personally my greatest fear would be to survive my children,
Jul 22nd, 2017
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