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Veterans Preference Act and USERRA Compliance in Employment

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Date: July 2015

Members of the National Guard and federal branches of the military make many sacrifices in the performance of their military duties. In recognition of those sacrifices, service members and veterans (and in some limited circumstances their families) are afforded certain protections and rights under federal and state laws. This Resource examines the applicability of the Minnesota Veterans Preference Act when hiring, promoting, terminating, demoting or suspending a veteran. It also provides a review of the veterans hearing and appeals processes that may be available. Finally, it examines an employer’s legal obligation regarding some other employee military leave and reinstatement rights, such as the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act (USERRA).