CHAPTER 521

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 33, TITLE 19, DELAWARE CODE, ENTITLED "UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION", BY CHANGING CERTAIN OF THE BENEFIT PROVISIONS THEREOF.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Section 1. Section 3302 (15), Chapter 33, Title 19, Delaware Code, is amended to read:

(15) "Unemployment" exists and an individual is "unemployed" in any week during which he performs no services and with respect to which no wages are payable to him, or in any week of less than full-time work if the wages payable to him with respect to such week are less than his weekly benefit amount plus whichever is the greater of Ten ($10.00) Dollars or thirty (30%) per cent of his weekly benefit amount. The Commission shall prescribe regulations applicable to unemployed individuals making such distinctions in the procedures as to total unemployment, part-total unemployment, partial unemployment of individuals attached to their regular jobs, and other forms of short-time work, as the Commission deems necessary.

Section 2. Section 3313 (b), Chapter 33, Title 19, Delaware Code, is amended to read:

(b) An individual's "weekly benefit amount" means an amount equal to one-twenty-fifth (1/25) of his total wages for employment by employers paid during that quarter of his base period in which such total wages were highest, except that if such amount is more than sixty-Five ($65.00) Dollars, the weekly benefit amount shall be Sixty-Five ($65.00) Dollars, or if less than Ten ($10.00) Dollars, it shall be Ten ($10.00) Dollars. If the weekly benefit amount is not an even dollar amount, it shall be raised to the next whole dollar.

(c) Each eligible individual who is unemployed in any week shall be paid with respect to such week a sum equal to his weekly benefit amount less that part of the wages (if any) payable to him with respect to such week which exceed whichever is the greater of Ten ($10.00) Dollars or thirty (30%) per cent of his weekly benefit amount. Such sum, if not an even dollar, shall be raised to the next whole dollar.

Section 4. Section 3313 (d), Chapter 33, Title 19, Delaware Code, is amended to read:

(d) Any eligible individual shall be entitled, during any benefit year, to a total amount of benefits equal to whichever is the less of: (1) 26 times his weekly benefit amount, or (2) 47% of his wages for employment by employers paid during his base period. If such amount is not an even dollar, it shall be raised to the next whole dollar. In no event shall the maximum total amount of benefits be less than eleven (11) times the weekly benefit amount.

Section 5. The provisions of this Act shall become effective July 1, 1970.

Approved June 8, 1970.