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Gosar Joins Bipartisan Group Supporting FMLA Parental Bereavement

14 March 2017   Steven Smith

Reps. Gosar, Schneider, McSally, Suozzi, Comstock, Beyer to Hold Press Conference Introducing Bipartisan Bill Recognizing Parental Bereavement in the FMLA

WASHINGTON D.C. – On Thursday, March 16, 2017, at 12:00 PM/ET in room 2456 of the Rayburn House office Building, a bipartisan group of Representatives including Paul Gosar (AZ-04), Brad Schneider (IL-10), Martha McSally (AZ-02), Thomas Suozzi (NY-03), Barbra Comstock (VA-10) and Don Beyer (VA-08) will be holding a press conference to introduce the Sarah Grace-Farley-Kluger Act. This legislation would add “death of a child” as a life event that would qualify for leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), allowing a grieving parent up to 12 weeks to deal with the trauma and then return to work.

Currently, the FMLA mandates up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for certain family events, including the birth of a child. During that 12 week period, an employer cannot terminate an employee who qualifies for such leave.