Paid Family Leave for Self-Employed People in Delaware

Is it Available?

Yes, starting in 2026.

Who’s Eligible?

Any employee employed at least one year who has worked at least 1,250 hours in the previous 12 months.

Employee/Self-Employed Contribution


Contribution Period


Qualifying Life Events
  • Parental leave: birth, adoption or foster care placement of the employee’s child during the first year
  • Family caregiving: care for a family member with a serious health condition, as defined by the FMLA
  • Medical: an employee’s serious health condition
  • Military qualifying exigency: as defined by the FMLA

Wage Benefit

The program will provide up to 80% of average weekly wages to a $900 weekly maximum, adjusted annually after 2027.

Length of Benefit

For medical, family caregiving or military qualifying exigency reasons, covered employees may take up to six weeks in any 24-month period. For parental leave reasons, they may take up to 12 weeks in a 12-month period. Total leave for all reasons is limited to 12 weeks in a given year. A covered employee may only take leave — except for parental leave — once in a 24-month period.

Website to Learn More and Apply

Coming soon.

Glossary of Terms:

Employee/Self-employed Contribution:

The amount that a self-employed individual must pay into the program in order to qualify for benefits. Depending on your state this contribution may be quarterly or annually.

Employee’s/Self-employed Average Weekly Wage (AWW):

The total amount an employee/self-employed person earned in a 52-week period divided by 52

  • Ex: If you make $40,000 annually, your average weekly wage is $769.23, which is $40,000 divided by 52.
  • If the contribution is .27% of an employee’s/self-employed person’s average weekly wage, if you made $40,000 annually, your contribution would be $108, which is $40,000 times .0027 (which is .27%).
Contribution Period:

The amount of time you need to pay into the program before you are eligible to apply for PFL benefits.

Qualifying Life Events:

The type of life events that allow you to apply for PFL benefits.

Wage Benefit:

Amount of benefit to be paid to employee/self-employed person during their PFL.

Length of Benefit:

Length of time covered under PFL.

Social Security contribution base:

This is a set of criteria by Social Security’s Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program that caps the amount of earnings each year that are eligible for your social security contributions. Some state’s Paid Family Leave insurance funds use this same threshold to cap contributions into their programs. This cap changes annually. For 2022 the base is $147,000.

Note: The contents of the directory last updated day of 2/15/22. We try our best to have the most up to date information possible, however please double check all information with your state. This directory is for educational purposes only.

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