Background on the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA):
When the FMLA became law in 1993, it was an historic piece of legislation. The bill enables people who work for companies with 50 or more employees eligible to receive up to 12 weeks annually of job-protected, unpaid leave for the following family and medical reasons related to children:
• Birth of a child;
• Becoming a foster parent;
• Adoption of a child; and
• Caring for a son or daughter with a serious health condition.
Currently, a parent whose child has died is not eligible for this benefit. The goal of the Sarah Grace-Farley-Kluger Act is to rectify this oversight, and we need more support in Washington if this bill is to become a reality.
In January 2011, when Kelly Farley and Barry Kluger launched their petition to Congress at www.FarleyKluger.com, they drew five hundred signatures on day one. Eight years later, this initiative has resulted in over 120,000 petitions being sent to all Members of Congress and The President. The goal of their grassroots advocacy was to introduce legislation to address the loss and grief suffered by parents who experience the death of a child.
“This proposed legislation is not about us, it’s about the parents who will follow in our footsteps, parents who do not yet know that they too will bury a child. It’s about fighting for those that will need it,” said Messrs. Farley and Kluger.
Contact your representatives to voice your support: