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Text of the Parental Bereavement Act of 2012

This bill was introduced on December 17, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Dec 17, 2012 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6673

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

December 17, 2012

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the Committees on Oversight and Government Reform and House Administration, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To amend the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 to provide leave because of the death of a son or daughter.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Parental Bereavement Act of 2012 or the Sarah Grace Act of 2012.

2.

Family leave because of the death of a son or daughter

(a)

Family leave

(1)

Entitlement to leave

Section 102(a)(1) of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (29 U.S.C. 2612(a)(1)) is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

(F)

Because of the death of a son or daughter.

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(2)

Requirements relating to leave

(A)

Schedule

Section 102(b)(1) of such Act (29 U.S.C. 2612(b)(1)) is amended by inserting after the third sentence the following new sentence: Leave under subsection (a)(1)(F) shall not be taken by an employee intermittently or on a reduced leave schedule unless the employee and the employer of the employee agree otherwise..

(B)

Substitution of paid leave

Section 102(d)(2)(B) of such Act (29 U.S.C. 2612(d)(2)(B)) is amended, in the first sentence, by striking (C) or (D) and inserting (C), (D), or (F).

(C)

Notice

Section 102(e) of such Act (29 U.S.C. 2612(e)) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(4)

Notice for leave due to death of a son or daughter

In any case in which the necessity for leave under subsection (a)(1)(F) is foreseeable, the employee shall provide such notice to the employer as is reasonable and practicable.

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(D)

Spouses employed by same employer

Section 102(f)(1)(A) of such Act (29 U.S.C. 2612(f)(1)(A)) is amended by striking subparagraph (A) or (B) and inserting subparagraph (A), (B), or (F).

(E)

Certification requirements

Section 103 of such Act (29 U.S.C. 2613) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(g)

Certification related to the death of a son or daughter

An employer may require that a request for leave under section 102(a)(1)(F) be supported by a certification issued at such time and in such manner as the Secretary may by regulation prescribe. If the Secretary issues a regulation requiring such certification, the employee shall provide, in a timely manner, a copy of such certification to the employer.

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(F)

Failure to return from leave

Section 104(c) of such Act (29 U.S.C. 2614(c)) is amended—

(i)

in paragraph (2)(B)(i), by inserting before the semicolon the following: , or a death that entitles the employee to leave under section 102(a)(1)(F); and

(ii)

in paragraph (3)(A)—

(I)

in the matter preceding clause (i), by inserting , or the death, before described;

(II)

in clause (ii), by striking or at the end;

(III)

by redesignating clause (iii) as clause (iv); and

(IV)

by inserting after clause (ii) the following:

(iii)

a certification that meets such requirements as the Secretary may by regulation prescribe, in the case of an employee unable to return to work because of a death specified in section 102(a)(1)(F); or

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(G)

Employees of local educational agencies

Section 108 of such Act (29 U.S.C. 2618) is amended—

(i)

in subsection (c)—

(I)

in paragraph (1)—

(aa)

in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by inserting after medical treatment the following: , or under section 102(a)(1)(F) that is foreseeable,; and

(bb)

in subparagraph (A), by inserting after to exceed the following: (except in the case of leave under section 102(a)(1)(F)); and

(II)

in paragraph (2), by striking section 102(e)(2) and inserting paragraphs (2) and (4) of section 102(e), as applicable; and

(ii)

in subsection (d), in paragraph (2) and (3), by striking or (C) each place it appears and inserting (C), or (F).

(b)

Family leave for civil service employees

(1)

Entitlement to leave

Section 6382(a)(1) of title 5, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

(F)

Because of the death of a son or daughter.

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(2)

Requirements relating to leave

(A)

Schedule

Section 6382(b)(1) of such title is amended by inserting after the third sentence the following new sentence: Leave under subsection (a)(1)(F) shall not be taken by an employee intermittently or on a reduced leave schedule unless the employee and the employing agency of the employee agree otherwise..

(B)

Substitution of paid leave

Section 6382(d) of such title is amended, in the first sentence, by striking or (E) and inserting (E), or (F).

(C)

Notice

Section 6382(e) of such title is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(4)

In any case in which the necessity for leave under subsection (a)(1)(F) is foreseeable, the employee shall provide such notice to the employing agency as is reasonable and practicable.

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(D)

Certification requirements

Section 6383 of such title is amended by adding at the end the following:

(g)

An employing agency may require that a request for leave under section 6382(a)(1)(F) be supported by a certification issued at such time and in such manner as the Office of Personnel Management may by regulation prescribe. If the Office issues a regulation requiring such certification, the employee shall provide, in a timely manner, a copy of such certification to the employer.

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