Delaware Enacts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law


The Healthy Delaware Families Act (HDFA) (2022 Ch. 301, Sen. Subst. 2 for SB 1) creates a paid family and medical leave (PFML) insurance program, with contributions starting Jan. 1, 2025. Beginning in 2026, covered employees may take up to 12 weeks of parental leave and up to six weeks of leave for medical needs, family caregiving or military qualifying exigencies. The program will provide up to 80% of average weekly wages (to a $900 weekly maximum, adjusted annually after 2027). Employers may obtain approval for equivalent private plans. The HDFA generally follows the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in many respects.