Some states have comprehensive laws that require employers to grant employees time off for the birth or adoption of a child or to care for a family member with a serious illness. Delaware does not have such a law for its private employers. However, Delaware employers with 50 or more employees are covered by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
An amendment to the Delaware Domestic Relations Act gives same-sex couples the right to marry (DE Code Tit. 13 Sec. 101 et seq.). Under the law, the same rights, benefits, protections, and legal responsibilities apply to married same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples. The federal FMLA also provides spousal leave for employees in a legal same-sex marriage.
The Volunteer Emergency Responders Job Protection Act, protects "volunteer emergency responders" from adverse employment actions resulting from their service as a volunteer.
Specifically, the Act prohibits employers with 10 or more employees from terminating, demoting, or otherwise disciplining a volunteer firefighter, emergency medical technician, or fire police officer who is absent from the workplace in connection with volunteer emergency services.
Covered volunteer emergency service includes acting as a volunteer emergency responder with respect to a governor-declared state of emergency for up to 7 consecutive days, acting as a volunteer emergency responder with respect to a president-declared national emergency for up to 14 consecutive days, or receiving treatment for injuries sustained performing volunteer emergency services. Leave need not be paid (DE Code Tit. 19, Sec. 1801 et seq.).
Notice. The volunteer emergency responder must notify ...