Employment in Delaware

If you are employed at-will, that means that you have been employed without the benefit of a contract and can be terminated for a legal reason at any point. Illegal reasons for termination include one's nationality, sex, age, race disability, pregnancy, or religious beliefs. If you are employed through a contract, you may not be terminated unless you breach some area of the contract.

Interviewers should not inquire about your parental status or your marital status. They are not allowed to ask about your sexual preference or if you have been arrested. It is illegal for them ask about your birthplace, as well.

In Delaware, either the employer or employee can end the business relationship for any cause or no cause as long as there is no discrimination involved.

Safe at the Workplace

In Delaware, OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) is administered by the federal government, as there is no separate set of regulations for this state. This means that all businesses are required to follow the federal standards of a safe business. OSHA can help any business learn about what the law currently requires.

You are entitled to a workplace that is relatively free of risk. If you notice an aspect of your workplace that is hazardous enough to cause serious injury or death, you can almost always report this fact without disclosing your identity. This protects you from receiving chastisement at the hands of your employer. Take advantage of this right and help keep yourself and your coworkers safe.

What If Injury Occurs Anyway?

For those who are injured on the job, there are several possible compensation scenarios. One is for temporary total disability, which means you are completely unable to work for a short period of time. In this case, you may collect between $174.61 and $523.83. You can collect the same amount for permanent total disability, and in both cases, you will be compensated as long as the disability lasts. If you receive a permanent partial disability, you can collect the same amount, but will cease to qualify after 300 weeks.

This not only helps the employee by giving him or her a chance to remain financially stable, it assists the employer by preventing lawsuits. The only way an injured worker can collect is if he or she decides to waive the right to sue the employer. In this way, the worker is guaranteed a set amount of money without having to risk a lawsuit, while the employer is guaranteed immunity from expensive litigation.

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