House Bill 225
151st General Assembly (Present)
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AN ACT TO AMEND TITLES 19 AND 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO PAID TIME OFF TO VOTE.
This Act requires private and public employers in the State to give any employee who is scheduled to work at least 8 hours on an election day 2 hours of paid leave in order for the employee to exercise the right to vote. The Act excludes employees working for the federal government as well as any private or public employee who is party to a collective bargaining agreement. Employees must give employers 2 working days’ notice in advance of an election that the employee intends to use paid leave to vote. Employers must post notice of the rights created in the Act. For private sector employees, enforcement of the Act is through the Department of Labor; private sector employers who violate the Act will be subject to a civil penalty of a minimum of $500 and maximum of $1,000. A private employer who discriminates against an employee for exercising the rights created by the Act is liable for a civil penalty of $1,000 to $5,000. A public employee is entitle to bring an action for actual damages if the public employer takes an adverse action against the employee for exercising the right to paid leave to vote.
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Takes effect upon being signed into law