Growing support for FMLA to cover parental bereavement
FOX FOLLOW-UP – FOX 25's Sorboni Banerjee spoke with Barry Kluger, a father who lost his only daughter in a 2001 car accident. Barry and another bereaved father, Kelly Farley, who lost two children, spearheaded the Farley-Kluger Initiative for the Family Medical Leave Act. They petitioned Congress to add bereavement to the list of covered exemptions for employee leave.
Currently, the FMLA covers up to 12 weeks unpaid leave for birth or adoption of a child, and to care for a sick family member, yourself, or an injured service member. There is no provision for loss of a child.
Locally, there's been support from Rep. Mike Capuano, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Since our interview on Monday, Congressman Ed Markey has signed on as a co-sponsor of the bill and congressmen Richard Neal, Jim McGovern and Joe Kennedy III have also shown their support.