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Arizona Bill To Give Grieving Parents Extended Time Off

No parent should outlive their child, but if they do, employers are not required to allow time off to grieve.

Right now, the Family Medical Leave Act protects employees’ jobs if they need extended time off to care for an ill family member or when they give birth or adopt a child. 

On Thursday, Arizona Congress members Paul Gosar and Martha McSally announced their bipartisan bill to federally protect grieving parents.  McSally says it doesn’t make sense to protect an employee for 12 weeks when they welcome a child into the world, but only five days if a child dies.

“We’ve got to make this right for those people who have gone through this horrific experience of losing their child, either suddenly or after a long illness, and provide them this opportunity to be protected in their jobs as they’re grieving," McSally said.

Lawmakers have previously tried to pass a similar bill. McSally says, this year, because it has bipartisan support they are optimistic it will pass.

Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.