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Sen. Sarah McBride to hold Paid Leave Works roundtable

November 17, 2021

WHAT: Sen. Sarah McBride on Thursday will host the first in a series of roundtable conversations with workers, business owners, elected officials, and local residents focused on how a 12-week paid family and medical leave insurance program would benefit working families in Delaware.

First introduced in May, Senate Bill 1 would create a statewide paid family and medical leave insurance program that workers can access for a qualifying event, including addressing a serious illness, welcoming a new child or helping a household adjust to a recent military deployment.

Sen. Sarah McBride attends emergency town hall Friday, June 25, 2021, at P.S. Dupont middle school in Wilmington, DE. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

“More than anything else, this pandemic has shown us just how desperately Delaware’s working families need common-sense policies that work for them,” said Sen. McBride, D-North Wilmington. “This legislation will help Delaware families keep food on the table and a roof over their heads, even while facing some of the most common challenges we experience as human beings.”

Also known as the Healthy Delaware Families Act, SB 1 would create a family and medical trust fund in Delaware modeled after similar programs already passed in nine other states and the District of Columbia. Delaware workers could then receive up to 80% of their average weekly wages through the state insurance program when forced to take extended time off from work due to a major medical event – leveling the playing field for small businesses that would otherwise be unable to provide the benefit on their own.

States with paid leave programs have seen higher worker morale and productivity, lower turnover costs for businesses and greater economic security for working families.

Despite the obvious benefits, the United States remains the only industrialized, modernized country in the world that does not have a paid family medical leave program in place for either parent – a fact President Joe Biden hoped to change with the American Families Plan he unveiled in April.


“Regardless of what happens at the federal level, it’s clear that state action will be necessary to secure what Delaware workers need and what President Biden originally proposed: 12 weeks of job protected paid leave,” Sen. McBride said. “It is time for us to deliver this pro-worker and pro-business benefit here in Delaware now.”

WHEN: 4:30 p.m., Thursday, November 18
WHERE: Trolley Square Brew Haha 1400 N. DuPont St; Wilmington, DE


  • Sen. Sarah McBride
  • Rep. Debra Heffernan
  • Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long
  • Senate President Pro Tempore Dave Sokola
  • House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst
  • Sen. Kyle Evans Gay
  • Alisa Morkides, owner of Brew HaHa
  • Joe Daigle, CEO at Mallard Financial Partners
  • Sarah Titus, owner of The Comic Book Shop
  • Dr. Margaret Chou, secretary of the Delaware Section American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Sheila Grant, AARP Delaware Advocacy Director
  • Shyanne Miller, Building People Power Program Coordinator
  • Andrea Brown-Clarke, Delaware Poor People’s Campaign
  • Annie Slease, NAMI Delaware’s Director of Advocacy and Education Impacted workers