ASAP Coalition Call to Action – FMLA Amendment

ASAP Coalition – Call To Action! 

A major initiative of the President Bill Clinton’s first term, The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) is a US federal law requiring covered employers to provide employees job-protected and unpaid leave for qualified medical and family reasons. Qualified medical and family reasons include: personal or family illness, family military leave, pregnancy, adoption, or the foster care placement of a child.   The FMLA was intended “to balance the demands of the workplace with the needs of families.”  The Act allows eligible employees to take up to 12 work weeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period to attend to the serious health condition of the employee, parent, spouse or child, or for pregnancy or care of a newborn child, or for adoption or foster care of a child.

The issue with the current FMLA is the fact that it doesn’t extend its’ benefits to employees that have experienced the death of a child. 

Our friends at the Grieving Dad’s Project, an ASAP member, are working hard to encourage congress to pass the Parental Bereavement Leave (The Farley-Kluger Initiative to Amend the FMLA).  The ASAP Coalition is honored to support them in this endeavor.

“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.” -Kelly Farley, Grieving Dad’s Project
Please click here to sign the petition to Congress to support the Parental Bereavement Leave Act as proposed in both the Senate and House that supports extension of coverage and existing benefits allowed by FMLA to employees that have experienced the death of a child.
Please sign the petition now and share with your family and friends. If you have a website please consider placing the petition widget on your website as well.
This is just one example of why the ASAP Coalition is so important – to join our voices and support the endeavors of all coalition members. 
Please encourage your colleagues, friends and family to join the ASAP Coalition.
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