2018 Delaware Code
Title 19 - Labor
§ 1910. Civil penalty [Effective Jan. 7, 2019].

Universal Citation: 19 DE Code § 1910 (2018)

(a) An employer who fails to give notice as required by this chapter is subject to a civil penalty of $1,000 per day of violation or $100 per day of violation per dislocated worker, whichever is greater. The employer is not subject to a civil penalty under this section if the employer pays to all applicable employees the amounts for which the employer is liable under this chapter within 3 weeks from the date the employer orders the mass layoff, plant closing, or relocation if any of the above will cause an employment loss. Any penalty received will be deposited into the Employment and Training WARN Account.

(b) The total amount of penalties for which an employer may be liable under this section shall not exceed the maximum amount of penalties for which the employer may be liable under federal law for the same violation.

(c) Any penalty amount paid by the employer under federal law shall be considered a payment made under this chapter.

(d) If an employer proves to the satisfaction of the Secretary that the act or omission that violated this chapter was in good faith and that the employer had reasonable grounds for believing that the act or omission was not a violation of this chapter, the Secretary may in his or her discretion reduce the amount of the penalty provided for in this section. In determining the amount of such reduction, the Secretary shall consider the following:

(1) The size of the employer.

(2) The hardships imposed on employees by the violations.

(3) Any efforts by the employer to mitigate the violation.

(4) The grounds for the employer's belief.

81 Del. Laws, c. 312, § 1; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, § 1.

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