Healthy Delaware Families Act signed into law, giving families paid leave

DELAWARE—After more than a year of hard work, the Healthy Delaware Families Act was just one step away from becoming law.

“This is a historic day for families here in Delaware,” Senator Sarah McBride, the primary sponsor of the bill, said.

On Tuesday, Governor John Carney put his pen to paper and signed the bill. It creates a statewide paid family and medical leave insurance program which provides Delaware workers with up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave. This will be a plus for workers dealing with serious health conditions, new parents, and more.

“I consistently hear from Delawareans when facing the most human of challenges are forced to choose between their health and their job, between their family and their paycheck,” Sen. McBride said.

“Just as important, certainly more important, for people who are taking care of aging parents or other loved ones, will also be able to keep their jobs and get a paycheck at the same time,” Gov. John Carney said.

Senator McBride explains the road to get to the Governor’s desk required plenty of long talks and compromise.

“There were certainly questions from business owners about absences, there were questions from business owners about the funding for the program, there were questions about the different regulations and what would be allowed and wouldn’t,” Sen. McBride said.

Now, after everything is said and done, Senator McBride feels the new program will be a game-changer. But, Senator McBride also said there’s still plenty of work to be done.

“In the years to come, there will obviously be lessons learned and we want to make we take the lessons learned and continue to build on this progress to make sure that every Delaware worker is able to get the support through these human challenges,” Sen. McBride said.

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