More time off for grieving parents

Father's campaign: More time off for grieving parents

"According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the current act "entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons."

Three months of leave is allowed for the birth of a child or to care for a sick family member, among other things. Yet the death of a loved one is not covered by the act."

"You have 12 weeks off to have a child," [...] "but three days off when a child dies. It doesn't make any sense."

"The death of a child is one of the most traumatic experiences a human being can endure,"

"Experts [...] explain that without giving parents sufficient time to grieve for their loss, companies and corporations will pay for it in the long run.

Researchers at the Grief Recovery Institute, a nonprofit foundation, measured how situations like death and divorce affect U.S. businesses. According to Russell Friedman, executive director of the institute, the current estimated annual loss due to reduced productivity as an aftereffect of grief is around 5 billion."

"When someone we love dies, we lose the ability to concentrate or focus," Friedman said. "Your brain doesn't work right when your heart is broken. That's why businesses lose money."

Bron: CNN, Olivia Smith, July 24, 2012.