Massachusetts adds veteran status as a protected class

August 29, 2016 1 COMMENTS

by Susan G. Fentin

Now that a new Massachusetts law adding veteran status as a protected class under the state’s antidiscrimination law is in effect, employers need to take a look at their employee handbook provisions related to veterans.    Proud saluting male army soldier on american flag background

At the end of the last legislative session, the Massachusetts Legislature passed An Act Relative to Housing Operations, Military Service and Enrichment. The main purpose of the law, which took effect in July, is to give veterans who have disabilities that are 100 percent related to their military service greater access to housing. But the statute contains two provisions that may require employers to revise their handbooks.

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New West Virginia law allows hiring preference for veterans

June 08, 2016 0 COMMENTS

by Thomas S. Kleeh

West Virginia will join the list of states that allow hiring preferences for veterans when a new law takes effect on June 22.

House Bill 4507 was signed into law on March 24. Its purpose is to assist veterans and disabled veterans in securing employment. The new law amends the provisions of the West Virginia Human Rights Act (WVHRA) that outline unlawful discriminatory practices by West Virginia employers. The new law also adds a section to the WVHRA setting forth the circumstances in which employers may have hiring preferences for military personnel.

“Veteran” is defined as any servicemember who has been honorably discharged after providing more than 180 consecutive days of full-time active-duty service in the U.S. armed services or reserves, including the National Guard. A veteran also may be granted preference in the hiring process if he has been issued a service-connected disability rating by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

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New law allows veteran preference for private employers in Nebraska

August 07, 2015 0 COMMENTS

by Mark M. Schorr

Private employers in Nebraska will be allowed to implement policies giving hiring preference to veterans when a new law takes effect on August 30.

Legislative Bill 272 will allow private employers with one or more employees to have a preference for veterans in hiring decisions without violating other laws that prohibit employment discrimination. Covered veterans include individuals who (1) served full-time in the U.S. armed forces with military pay and allowances and (2) received an honorable or general discharge.

The law also covers the spouses of veterans who were killed in hostile action or suffered a 100 percent permanent disability as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The law doesn’t cover individuals whose service was solely for training or determining physical fitness.

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Contractors face August 1 deadline for new veteran reporting form

July 20, 2015 0 COMMENTS

Beginning August 1, federal contractors must use the new VETS-4212 report to provide information to the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) about their affirmative action efforts in employing veterans.

The VETS-4212 report replaces the VETS-100 and VETS-100A forms required by the regulations implementing the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) that became final in September 2014.

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Indiana adds veteran protection to Civil Rights Act

June 02, 2014 0 COMMENTS

by Matthew A. Brown

An amendment to the Indiana Civil Rights Act (ICRA) going into effect July 1 means employers should assess their policies and practices to ensure they don’t discriminate on the basis of an applicant’s or employee’s status as a veteran.

Indiana House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1242 adds veteran status to the protected categories already covered in the ICRA—race, religion, color, sex, disability, national origin, and ancestry. A veteran under the ICRA includes not only someone who served in the U.S. armed forces but also a member of the Indiana National Guard or a reserves component of the armed forces.

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New resources available on upcoming rules for federal contractors

February 24, 2014 0 COMMENTS

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has posted new resources on its website to help federal contractors comply with new regulations pertaining to recruiting people with disabilities and veterans.

New regulations going into effect March 24 strengthen requirements under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act.

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New Oregon law allows veterans to take off on Veterans Day

November 06, 2013 1 COMMENTS

by Calvin L. Keith

Veterans Day is coming up on November 11, and a new law in Oregon makes the day even more significant for veterans who want the day off.

The 2013 Oregon Legislature passed a bill requiring employers to provide veterans with paid or unpaid time off on Veterans Day. “Veterans” include those who have served in the U.S. armed forces and have been discharged under honorable conditions.

Employees wanting to take advantage of the new law on Monday were required to provide 21 calendar days’ notice and proof of veteran status. An employer may deny a request if it determines that providing the time off would cause severe economic or operational disruptions.

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New regulations toughen requirements for federal contractors

August 28, 2013 1 COMMENTS

Federal contractors soon will have to establish benchmarks for hiring veterans and employing individuals with disabilities as a result of two new rules from the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).

The new regulations are expected to be published in the Federal Register within the next couple of weeks, according to information from the OFCCP. The rules will go into effect 180 days after publication.

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