New Required Holiday: Veteran's Day

Did you know that a new law passed in Iowa requires employers to give veterans Veterans' Day off in certain circumstances?

New Iowa Code section 91A.5A mandates that all employees who are veterans are entitled to a holiday on Veterans' Day, November 11.  The holiday may be paid or unpaid.  An employee who wishes to take this holiday must make his or her request known to the employer at least 30 days prior and provide a federal document that demonstrates his or her eligibility.  The employer is required to notify the employee at least 10 days in advance if the holiday will be paid or unpaid.

To my knowledge, this is the first holiday employers are required to give employees under Iowa law.  All other holidays given to employees are discretionary.

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Fran - October 5, 2010 7:14 PM

Does this apply to employees who work in Iowa but live outside the state? In this case, Illinois.

Randy - November 4, 2010 9:35 AM

What is the definition of a veteran? Are members of the Iowa National Guard considered veterans? House File 2197 refers to "a federal certificate of release or discharge from active duty", are current members of the Guard ineligible, even though they may have been on active duty at one time?

Liz - November 4, 2010 9:58 AM

Fran--Yes. The law applies to Iowa employers regardless of where their employees live.

Randy--Veteran is defined in Iowa Code sec. 35.1

loras - November 27, 2010 7:55 PM

After employers were allowed to interpet the law it became a useless document. An employer always did have the option to allow anybody a day off with or without pay. According to the current interpitions, it is up to the employer to allow a vetern the day off. The employee has no recourse if denied.

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