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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: September 8, 2015 10:49 AM
From: Senator Vincent J. Hughes and Sen. Randy Vulakovich
To: All Senate members
Subject: Voluntary veterans preference in private employment
In the near future, we plan on introducing a bill that would add a section to Title 51 (Military Affairs) that would allow for voluntary veterans preference in private employment.

This bill would allow a private employer to adopt and apply a veterans’ employment policy which would need to: be in writing, include a statement an employer has and applies a preference in a job posting, be provided to an applicant upon hire and all employees annually; and be applied uniformly. The bill would exempt an employer who has adopted and applies a policy in compliance with the act from violations of State and Local equal employment opportunities law. For purposes of this act, a veteran would include surviving spouses and a spouse of a disabled veteran.

This bill would leave the decision whether or not to adopt a policy solely up to an employer. There would be no mandate on an employer to have a veterans’ preference.

Allowing private employers to adopt a veterans’ preference has been signed into law in a number of states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, and Oklahoma.

We hope that you will join us in sponsoring this worthy legislation. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Mike Deery in Senator Hughes office or Nate Silcox in Senator Vulakovich’s office.

Introduced as SB1013