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

For Immediate Release

Date: March 13, 2017

Contact: Steven D. Smith



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.

WHEN: Thursday March 16, 2017

TIME: 12:00 PM/ET

WHERE: 2456 Rayburn House Office Building

The Honorable Paul Gosar, (AZ-04)
The Honorable Brad Schneider, (IL-10)
The Honorable Martha McSally, (AZ-02)
The Honorable Thomas Suozzi, (NY-03)
The Honorable Barbra Comstock, (VA-10)
The Honorable Don Beyer, (VA-08)
Barry Kluger, father of Erica Kluger who is the namesake for this legislation

 MEDIA RSVP:  Members of the media are encouraged to RSVP to Steven Smith at Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov.

 NOTE: The press conference will be live-streamed on Facebook at www.facebook.com/repgosar