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Proposed Family leave changes: Have contractor determine eligibility

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

Changes continue to Delaware’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Program, which became law in 2o22, and was sold as a way to give all employees, not just those at big companies, paid leave for emergencies and become a parent. Originally called the Healthy Delaware Families Act, it created a statewide insurance program to provide up to 80% of wages for …

The filed request states that the embezzlement in excess of $180,000 from the Delaware Department of Labor’s Division of Unemployment Insurance was wrongly not reported to the state's citizens. (Photo by the Corporate Finance Institute)

Group files for investigation for lack of reporting on state embezzlement

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Government

A nonprofit filed a request Wednesday to the Delaware General Assembly to investigate the failure by state officials responsible for reporting the act of embezzlement in excess of $180,000 from the Delaware Department of Labor’s Division of Unemployment Insurance. The Delaware Coalition for Open Government filed the request. That group aims for transparency and accountability in Delaware’s government — it …

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Contractors: Prevailing wages bill will raise state costs

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

A bill that would increase the prevailing wage for contractors making products offsite is unlikely to be heard in the House after the legislature passed the 2024 fiscal year’s budget on Wednesday. Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill 102, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Bryan Townsend, D-Newark, would require laborers making products away from a building site to be paid …

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State’s 2024 budget of $5.6 billion jumps 10% over 2023

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

A 2024 state budget that’s 10% higher than 2023’s led eight Republicans to vote against it Thursday in the House of Representatives, but that didn’t stop it from passing. House Bill 195, sponsored by Rep. William Carson, D-Smyrna, delineated how the $5.6 billion budget will be spent over the next fiscal year, which starts July 1. Carson is the vice …

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Central Delaware Chamber seeks changes in paid leave regs

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

The Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce is asking the Delaware Department of Labor to address concerns that small businesses have with proposed family medical leave regulations. In a letter dated Wednesday, the chamber asks for an immediate pause on the implementation of the regulations for a minimum of 60 to 90 days because of issues the chamber says will harm …

Paid leave

State opens public comment period on paid family leave rules

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

The Delaware Department of Labor this week opened the 30-day public comment period on proposed regulations for the state’s new Paid Family and Medical Leave insurance program. It will take effect Jan. 1, 2025, and employees and employers to pay into it before it can be drawn on the following year. Largely based on the federal Family Medical Leave Act …

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Bill to raise unemployment payments blows through committee

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

  A bill to permanently raise unemployment payments by $50 a week, but use state money for one year only to make sure employers don’t get hit by the rise, sailed through the House Labor Committee Tuesday. House Bill 49, sponsored by Rep. Ed Osienski, D-Newark, received yes votes from all nine attending committee members and had little comment from …

Unemployment bill would raise payments

Bill would raise unemployment from $400 to $450 a week

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

A bill filed Friday would raise weekly Delaware unemployment payments from $400 to $450 and, for one year only, save state companies $50 million in 2023 by using state funds to pay unemployment tax increases. House Bill 49 filed by Rep. Ed Osienski, D-Newark, said Delaware already is paying less in unemployment than neighboring states and that the maximum amount …

Those fired for refusing vaccine not eligible for unemployment benefits

Charlie MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

The Department of Labor said requirements for vaccines were reasonable in nature and clearly communicated.     The Delaware Department of Labor has ruled that employees terminated for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19 are not eligible to receive unemployment insurance.  According to Delaware law, claimants may not receive unemployment insurance if they have violated an employers’ policy that is …

Food Bank: Drive-thru pantry numbers down 50%; will re-evaluate

Betsy PriceBusiness, Food, Headlines

  Can declining numbers at Food Bank drive-thru mobile pantries be another sign the economy is coming back?   The Food Bank of Delaware says that number of families picking up food at its monthly drive-thru mobile pantries has dropped in half since January’s round. The numbers have dropped so steadily that after the July round, the Food Bank will …