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Delaware SHRM - FMLA and Paid Family Medical Leave Insurance: What Employers Need to Know

  • Thu, March 23, 2023
  • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  • University of Delaware STAR Campus (Healthy Way Entrance) 540 S College Ave Newark, DE 19713



$15.00 Member Ticket

$25.00 Non-Member Ticket

Professional Development:

Earn approximately 1 SHRM/HRCI credit for attending.


Did you know the US is in the midst of a mini "baby boom?" In this session, you will learn how your organization can prepare to accommodate the growing demand for paid medical leave and how to navigate the Healthy Delaware Families Act, which was signed into law in 2022. This new law reflects a trend in the mid-Atlantic region, with nine states and DC adopting and implementing PFML. Employees are expecting better paid leave policies. Learn the implications and requirements of your organization now, before the laws go into effect.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the new Healthy Delaware Families Act and PFML Insurance
  • Understand which employees are covered under the law and the requirements
  • Craft a plan for implementation for your organization

Governor Carney signed the Healthy Delaware Families Act into law on May 10, 2022. Note these important dates for employers:

1/1/24: Last day for employers to opt-out of the Public Plan

1/1/25: Contributions (premium) begin

1/1/26: Claims window opens for new applications


Chris Counihan | Division Director, Paid Family Medical Leave | Delaware Department of Labor

Christopher Counihan, Ph.D. has had convoluted career path that has taken him from public service to international insurance to academia and entrepreneurialism, then back into the public sector. After a stint as a Congressional Aide for a U.S. Representative in Philadelphia, he worked for a decade doing group employee benefits for expatriate workers, first as an underwriter, then rising to be the Operations Managers responsible for launching Allianz’s expatriate coverage in Mexico, the Caribbean, Canada, and the United States. After 9/11, he left insurance to complete his dissertation on Highly Skilled Migration and taught at the University of Delaware, St. Joseph’s University, and elsewhere for fifteen years. During that time, he ran (twice) for Delaware State Senate, coming in a strong second, received a patent on a method of data visualization and created a stock index simulation model and start-up,, based upon it, and served as Managing Partner for a local Venture Capital firm, InfoVest. Prior to the pandemic, he became the Legislative Aide to New Castle County Councilwoman Dee Durham, serving constituents and drafting Ordinances on EV-Ready Homes, Solar-Ready Rooftops, ESC Investing, Redevelopment Incentives, and the like. At the end of August, he brought this wide-ranging experience to the State of Delaware where he now serves as the Implementation Manager for the newly mandated Paid Family Medical Leave insurance program, effectively setting up a new insurance company and staffing the Division that will service it.

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