New Maryland Law Allows Preference in Hiring and Promotions for Eligible Veterans

New Maryland Law Allows Hiring Preferences for Eligible Veterans and Their Spouses

By Jessica N. Childress                                                            10.13.2016

On October 1, 2016, the Hiring and Promotions Preferences—Veterans and Their Spouses Act went into effect in Maryland, allowing Maryland employers to grant a preference in hiring and promotion to eligible veterans and the spouses of eligible veterans who have a service-related disability. Additionally, the new law allows employers to grant a preference in hiring and promotion to the surviving spouse of a deceased eligible veteran.  The law denotes that granting a preference in promotion and hiring to the above-named classes of individuals does not violate Maryland state or local equal employment opportunity law.

An “eligible Veteran” under the Act is a veteran of any branch of the armed forces of the United States who has received an honorable discharge or a certificate of satisfactory completion of military service, including the National Guard and the Military reserves.


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