October 14, 2010

Veterans Day is Thursday, November 11.  With that in mind, we wanted to remind you about a statutory obligation for employers that is new this year:  Iowa Code section 91A.5A.  This statute requires employers to provide employees who are veterans paid or unpaid time off for Veterans Day, November 11, "unless providing time off would impact public health or safety or would cause the employer to experience significant economic or operational disruption."
Under the statute, veteran employees who want to take Veterans Day off are required to provide written notice to their employers at least a month in advance --i.e., by October 11 -- and to document their veteran status to their employers by providing a copy of their federal certificate of release or discharge from active duty, or such similar federal document.  Employers must, no later than November 1, notify the veteran employees who requested Veterans Day off if their request is granted and whether the time off will be paid or unpaid.  If an employer cannot grant all requests without impacting public health or safety or causing significant economic or operational disruption, the employer must grant as many requests as it can while maintaining minimum operational capacity and without impacting public health or safety.
If you have any questions or concerns about this new employer obligation, please contact the Ahlers counsel with whom you normally work, and we will be happy to assist you.

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