Sending Office: Honorable Bradley Scott Schneider
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        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Cosponsor Bipartisan Parental Bereavement Act

H.R. 983

Cosponsors: Beyer, Cook, Gosar, Schneider,
Suozzi, Webster

Dear Colleague,

We write to ask for your support of a common-sense change to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The bipartisan Sarah Grace-Farley-Kluger Act, also known as the Parental Bereavement Act of 2019 (H.R. 983), would amend the FMLA to allow parents grieving
from the death of their child to receive up to 12 weeks of job-protected time off. 

The FMLA has maintained more than two decades of broad bipartisan support because it is designed to accommodate the legitimate interests of employers while helping employees balance their work and family responsibilities without fear of losing their job.
The FMLA is, at its core, a family values law that encourages family devotion during unique personal events. Passed in 1993, the FMLA allows parents to take unpaid time off to care for newborn babies, adopted children, and family members with serious health
conditions. FMLA applies to businesses with 50 or more employees, public and private elementary and secondary schools, and all public agencies. The employee, to be eligible, must have worked for the employer at least one year and worked at least 1,250 hours
in the previous 12 months.

The Parental Bereavement Act would ensure that the death of a child is treated like these other life-altering events, allowing parents time to grieve without having to worry about getting fired for not returning to work immediately. FMLA protections do not
mandate any costs on to the employer or the government. Considering the unfathomable pain and suffering that a mother or father must go through when such a tragic event happens, allowing these grieving parents time to deal with their loss is a family value
we all should share. 

Similar legislation was signed into law in the United Kingdom in September 2018. Previously, the UK had no legal statute to provide leave for bereaved parents, with parents having to rely on the compassion of their employers. The new law is expected to take
effect across the UK in 2020.

If you have any questions or would like to cosponsor H.R. 983, please contact Jessica Bernton ( with Rep. Schneider or Doug Levine (
with Rep. Gosar.  Thank you for your consideration and we hope you’ll support this important legislation.


Bradley S. Schneider              Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S.

Member of Congress              Member of Congress

Tom Suozzi                             Daniel Webster

Member of Congress              Member of Congress

Donald Beyer                          Paul Cook

Member of Congress              Member of Congress

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Economy, Family Issues, Labor

Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Type: 983
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