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S.F. No. 1130 - Veterans Hiring Preference Establishment on the Legislature and State Courts
 
Author: Senator Jerry Newton
 
Prepared By: Stephanie James, Senate Counsel (651/296-0103)
 
Date: March 9, 2017



 

Section 1 [Veteran’s Preference in Hiring] establishes a veterans’ hiring preference for the legislature.

Subd. 1 [Definitions] defines “disabled veteran,” and “recently separated veteran.”

Subd. 2 [Ranking of veterans] requires veterans to be ranked ahead of nonveterans, and disabled veterans ahead of veterans, in an applicant pool to fill a position in the legislature.  Each recently separated veteran must be considered. The top three recently separated veterans must be granted an interview.  In all cases, veterans must meet the minimum qualifications for a position and must claim veteran's or disabled veteran status, to receive preferential treatment under this section.

Subd. 3 [Notification] requires the legislature to give notice in the job posting that a veterans’ preference is available.

Subd. 4 [Rejection; explanation] if a finalist for a position who claimed a veteran’s preference is rejected, the legislature must notify the finalist in writing of the reason for rejection.

Subd. 5 [Preference for spouses] permits the preference to be used by the surviving spouse of a deceased veteran and by the spouse of a disabled veteran who, because of disability, is unable to qualify for the position.  This preference is available to these spouses, regardless of the cause of death or disability of the veteran.  This is how the preference is applied to spouses in the executive branch.  Certain other benefits (e.g. tax benefits) are more narrowly available to surviving spouses of service members who died as a result of service or to spouses of veterans who were disabled due to injuries sustained while serving.

Section 2 [Application] gives veterans certain procedural options for challenging termination of employment with the legislature or courts, if the veteran was employed in the classified service.

Section 3 [Veteran’s Preference in Hiring] establishes a veterans’ hiring preference for the state courts.

Subd. 1 [Definitions] defines “disabled veteran,” and “recently separated veteran.”

Subd. 2 [Ranking of veterans] requires veterans to be ranked ahead of nonveterans, and disabled veterans ahead of veterans, in an applicant pool to fill a position in the state courts.  Each recently separated veteran must be considered. The top three recently separated veterans must be granted an interview.  In all cases, veterans must meet the minimum qualifications for a position and must claim veteran's or disabled veteran status, to receive preferential treatment under this section.

Subd. 3 [Notification] requires the court administrator or hiring authority to give notice in the job posting that a veterans’ preference is available.

Subd. 4 [Rejection; explanation] if a finalist for a position who claimed a veteran’s preference is rejected, the court administrator or hiring authority must notify the finalist in writing of the reason for rejection.

Subd. 5 [Preference for spouses] permits the preference to be used by the surviving spouse of a deceased veteran and by the spouse of a disabled veteran who, because of disability, is unable to qualify for the position.  This preference is available to these spouses, regardless of the cause of death or disability of the veteran.  This is how the preference is applied to spouses in the executive branch.  Certain other benefits (e.g. tax benefits) are more narrowly available to surviving spouses of service members who died as a result of service or to spouses of veterans who were disabled due to injuries sustained while serving.

 
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