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147th General Assembly
Senate Bill # 185

Primary Sponsor: Townsend Additional Sponsor(s):    Sen. Henry & Sen. Poore & Sen. Peterson & Rep. M. Smith & Rep. Heffernan & Rep. Q. Johnson & Rep. Longhurst
CoSponsors: Sens. Blevins, Sokola; Reps. Baumbach, Jaques, J. Johnson, Mitchell, Paradee
Introduced on : 04/03/2014
Long Title:AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 19 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES EMPLOYMENT PROTECTIONS ACT.
Synopsis of Orginal Bill:
(without Amendments)
Delaware employment discrimination law applies to employers of 4 or more employees within the State for all protected classes (race; marital status; genetic information; color; age; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity; national origin) apart from disability. Only larger employers with 15 or more employees are subject to the State disability-based employment discrimination law. This bill removes the inconsistency by adopting the same definition of “employer” for all protected classes, including disability. Neighboring states have adopted a uniform definition of “employer” which applies to all protected classes [Pa. Code – 43. P.S. 952-954; Md. Code - 20-601-602; N.J. Code - 10:5-5].
Current Status: Signed   On   07/31/2014
Volume Chapter79:381
Date Governor acted:07/31/2014
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Fiscal Notes/Fee Impact:Not Required
Committee Reports:
Senate Committee report 05/14/14 F=0 M=5 U=0----->Committee Report
House Committee Report 06/11/14 F=1 M=7 U=0---->Committee Report
Voting Reports:
Senate vote: () Passed 6/3/2014 4:01:02 PM------->Voting Record
House vote: () Passed 6/30/2014 8:08:56 PM------->Voting Record
Actions History:
Jul 31, 2014 - Signed by Governor
Jun 30, 2014 - Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 25 YES 15 NO 1 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
Jun 11, 2014 - Reported Out of Committee (LABOR) in House with 1 Favorable, 7 On Its Merits
Jun 04, 2014 - Introduced and Assigned to Labor Committee in House
Jun 03, 2014 - Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 15 YES 5 NO 0 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT 0 VACANT
May 14, 2014 - Reported Out of Committee (EXECUTIVE) in Senate with 5 On Its Merits
Apr 03, 2014 - Assigned to Executive Committee in Senate
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