Del. Labor Department broadens benefits to cover those losing jobs due to containment measures such as restaurant closings


The Delaware  Department of Labor issued revised guidelines. The guidelines aim to aid Delaware’s unemployment insurance program to provide cash assistance to any Delaware worker whose employment has been directly affected by coronavirus and who would not typically qualify for benefits.

The new Unemployment Insurance guidelines issued by the Secretary of Labor Cerron Cade are  as follows:

  • Workers will be eligible to receive unemployment benefits if an employer needs to curtail or shut down operations temporarily because of the Governor’s State of Emergency declaration or the coronavirus outbreak.
  • A worker who has been ordered by a medical doctor to self-quarantine as a result, or due to risk of exposure to coronavirus COVID-19 will be eligible to receive unemployment benefits.
  • Parents or guardians who have been forced to quit or take unpaid leave from their jobs to care for children due to the Governor’s emergency closure of schools will be eligible for benefits.
  • Workers who have been forced to quit or take unpaid leave to care for a loved one who has contracted coronavirus COVID-19 will be eligible for benefits. 
  • If a worker falls ill to COVID-19 and is unable to work, he or she may be eligible for unemployment benefits.
  • Part-time workers may be eligible for benefits.
  • The definition of weekly work search requirements will expand to include a wide variety of activities that meet the requirement, unemployment insurance deadlines may be modified for mandatory appointments, and applying for training programs or mandatory re-employment service appointments and workshops. 

Although Department of Labor  offices will be closed to public access during this State of Emergency, the Delaware Department of Labor remains open  and offers the ability for Delawareans to file for unemployment benefits online at the following link: Questions can answered via email at or  at 302-761-8446.

In recent years, the department earlier moved over to online-only applications for unemployment, eliminating visits to crowded waiting rooms.

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