Currently, Delaware does not offer paid parental leave for its employees, a distinction it shares with 46 other states in the U.S. In fact, out of the 193 countries who are part of the United Nations, only a small handful do not have a national parental leave law: New Guinea, Suriname, several South Pacific island nations, and the United States.
House Bill 3 represents a much-needed step in trying to address this inadequacy at the state-level.
The bill establishes that all full-time employees of the State, including employees of school districts, shall be eligible for 12 weeks of paid leave upon the birth or adoption of a child (under the age of six).
Research studies continue to show the positive benefits which paid family leave has for both parents and child. HB 3 will begin to offer new parents those benefits and is a critical step in improving family leave... Read More