New bill would require employers to grant time off to veterans on Veterans Day

The U.S. House of Representatives recently introduced a bill that would give veterans November 11 off for the Veterans Day holiday. If signed into the law, the bill would apply to employers with 50 or more employees, and employers could choose whether to offer the day off paid or unpaid. Also, employees seeking the time off would have to provide at least 30 days’ notice.

The proposed legislation is modeled after a law that already exists in Iowa. Supporters of the bill say veterans have earned the right to a day off that recognizes their service. Opponents, however, fear that the legislation would create a division between employees and put undue financial restraint on employers.

Check back here for updates on the status of the bill – and if it will require a mandatory posting in the workplace.


Chanah M said...

It is an interesting idea, but it seems like it would add an extra burden for employers who would have to verify whether someone was a veteran. And what about type of discharge? Would dishonorably discharged vets get it too? I would also wonder about morale, particularly where some employees were opposed to military action. Employee attendance tracking could get pretty complicated too, with a new category, and only for some employees. Yikes!

The G.Neil blog team said...

I totally agree with you - on all points. Managing and administrating this veterans-only privilege could get awfully complicated. I'll be interested to see what happens with the proposed bill ... and what it means for employers if it passes!


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