90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science

A Dad’s Fight: More Time Off For Grieving Parents

Barry Kluger and his daughter Erica, who died in a car crash at age 18. (Courtesy: Barry Kluger)

Barry Kluger and his daughter Erica, who died in a car crash at age 18. (Courtesy: Barry Kluger)

Barry Kluger knows the ins and outs of the Family and Medical Leave Act for a sad reason. His 18-year-old daughter Erica was killed in a car accident in 2001.

The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) is the law that allows people to take up to 12 weeks off of work for the birth of a child or to care for a sick loved one.

It does not cover leave for bereavement.

Kluger is now head of the MISS Foundation, a resource for grieving families. The nonprofit says most companies provide for employees to take three to five days off after the death of a child, before returning to work.

Having experienced the loss of a child, Kluger set out to change the FMLA to allow parents to take up to 12 weeks off from work.

The Farley-Kluger Initiative has introduced this legislation on Capitol Hill several times before, but Kluger believes that this year, it will pass. The other half of the Farley-Kluger Initiative is Kelly Farley of the Grieving Dads Project.

Kluger told Here & Now the Parental Bereavement Act of 2013 has nine co-sponsors in the Senate and 23 co-sponsors in the House.

Among the supporters of the initiative’s measure is John McLaughlin, who lost one of his twin daughters in a car crash in 1997.

Guest:

  • John McLaughlin, lost one of his twin daughters in a car crash.
  • Barry Kluger, president of the MISS Foundation. His daughter Erica died in a car crash at age 18.

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Spotlight

Here & Now resident chef and cookbook author Kathy Gunst shares her list of the best cookbooks of the year.

Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

December 17 2 Comments

Atticus Lish’s ‘Preparation For The Next Life’

The author's debut novel centers on an unlikely romance between an Iraq veteran and a Uyghur from China.

December 17 3 Comments

Diagnosing Ear Infections With Your Smartphone

The CellScope Oto is a clip-on gadget that turns a smartphone into an otoscope — the tool doctors use to check out a patient's eardrum.

December 16 Comment

‘Sacred Journeys’ Documents Religious Pilgrimages

In a new documentary series on PBS, Bruce Feiler accompanies Americans on pilgrimages to six of the world's holiest sites.

December 16 4 Comments

Jewish Cuisine — It’s Not Just Chopped Liver

Janna Gur shares some history of Jewish cuisine, as well as three recipes from her new cookbook "Jewish Soul Food."