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How Recent Legislation Impacts Delaware Employers

August 8, 2018
10:25 AM

Outcomes of the 2018 legislative session will impact Delaware employers on a range of human resources issues. Our latest HR Bulletins highlight the changes:

Health insurance coverage requirements: As of June 30, 2018, the state requires health insurance to provide coverage for fertility care services, including in vitro fertilization procedures.

Labor organization memberships: Also effective June 30, 2018, private sector labor organizations and employers may require employees to sign a membership agreement in a labor organization as a condition of employment.

Minimum wage increases: Over the next 14 months, a series of new minimum wage requirements will take effect. The current minimum wage of $8.25/hour will rise to $8.75/hour on Oct. 1, 2018 and to $9.25/hour on Oct. 1, 2019.

However, as of Jan. 1, 2019, employers may pay 50 cents less than the minimum wage to employees under age 18 and to those over 18 during the first 90 consecutive calendar days of employment.

Sexual harassment trainings: An amendment to recently passed legislation broadens the scope of mandatory sexual harassment training to include all employees and to emphasize retaliation prevention. The requirement affects employers with 50 or more employees and mandates training every other year. It takes effect Jan. 1, 2019.

We work with our HR consultant to monitor employment law and keep a running tab of state and federal updates within our HR Solution© toolkit. Each HR Bulletin highlights an update and what’s important for member agencies to know and to consider implementing as a result.

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