Delaware Family and Medical Leave Insurance

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On May 10, 2022, the Delaware Family and Medical Leave Insurance (DE FMLI) Program was signed into law. Employee contributions to DE FMLI are expected to begin January 1, 2025, with benefits scheduled to start January 1, 2026.
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Almost all employees working in Delaware are eligible for this coverage, with exceptions for those employed by certain small employers. The law allows employers to alternatively provide benefits through a private plan as the State of Delaware's program is in development. The Hartford will provide timely updates on this page as details emerge.

Key Dates

  • October 1, 2023 to January 1, 2024: DE Paid Leave Portal opens for employers to Grandfather existing paid time off benefits and/or reduce their employees’ Parental Leave duration. Access more information about Grandfathering on Delaware’s government site.
  • September 1, 2024 to December 1, 2024: Opt-In/Opt-Out opens. Employers who wish to use a private plan can opt-out and small groups can opt-in to the Delaware Paid Leave program.
  • January 1, 2025: Contributions for Delaware Paid Leave begin.
  • January 1, 2026: Employees can begin to submit claim applications for payment.

Preguntas Frecuentes

  • For Employers with 10 to 24 employees during the previous 12 months, coverage includes:
    • Bonding with a new child (through birth, adoption or placement)
  • For Employers with 25 or more employees during the previous 12 months, coverage includes:
    • Bonding with a new child (through birth, adoption or placement)
    • Care of a family member with a serious health condition
    • One’s own serious health condition
    • A qualifying military exigency
  • Up to 12 weeks of parental leave per application year.*
  • The weekly benefit would be 80% of the covered individual's average weekly wages (subject to a potential reduction beginning 2027).
    • The weekly maximum benefit beginning January 1, 2026 is $900.
Six weeks in any 24-month period for other leaves (one’s own serious health condition, care of family member or qualifying military exigency). Under the Act, a covered individual is only eligible for non-parental leave benefits once in a 24-month period.
For 2025 and 2026, the rates are as follows:
  • A total of .8% (comprised of .4% medical, .08% family caregiving and .32% parental leave) to be split evenly by the employee and employer.
    • For the following years, if the rate would exceed 1%, the Department of Labor would reduce the wage replacement rate to the extent needed to keep the contribution rate less than 1%.
A covered employee is someone who has worked at least 12 months and 1,250 hours for their employer in the prior 12 months.
  • Employers with 10 to 24 employees during the previous 12 months are only subject to the parental leave provisions.*
  • Employers with 25 or more employees during the previous 12 months are subject to all parental, family caregiving and medical leave provisions with the following limited exceptions:
    • The federal government
    • Any business that is closed in its entirety for 30 consecutive days or more per year
* Small businesses with less than 10 employees may choose to opt into the program.
Yes. The law gives the Department of Insurance regulatory authority over private plans with respect to administration and enforcement. Private plans must have the same, or better, benefits as the state program and cannot cost employees more than the state program.
The Delaware program is new and is still being developed. At this time, we’re evaluating our offering.
Please reach out to your employee benefits representative at The Hartford for additional information.
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