CHAPTER 143

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 223

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 19 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE :

Section 1. Amend § 3313, Title 19 of the Delaware Code by redesignating the Subsections “(k), (l), (m), (n), (o), (p), and (q)” as they appear therein as Subsections “(l), (m), (n), (o), (p), (q), and (r)” respectively.

Section 2. Amend § 3313, Title 19 of the Delaware Code by inserting a new Subsection “(k)” to read as follows:

“(k) Notwithstanding any other provisions in this Section, for claims establishing a benefit year beginning January 1, 2004 and thereafter, an individual’s weekly benefit amount shall be an amount equal to 1/46th of the individual’s total wages for employment by employers paid during the two (2) quarters of the individual’s base period in which such wages were highest. If such weekly benefit amount is not an even dollar amount, it shall be rounded down to the next whole dollar. The amount shall not be less than twenty dollars ($20.00) nor more than three-hundred thirty dollars ($330.00).”.

Section 3. Amend § 3350(9), Title 19 of the Delaware Code by inserting a new Subparagraph “m.” to read as follows:

“m. Notwithstanding any other provisions in this Section, for any calendar year beginning January 1, 2004, and thereafter, each employer’s new employer rate or basic assessment rate, whichever shall be applicable to such employer, shall be increased by a ‘supplemental assessment rate’ of two-tenths of a percent (0.2%).”.

Approved July 11, 2003