To Create Veteran-friendly Workplaces

Last updated: Jun 24, 2017

Details about this bill
Category: Wage and Labor
Status: Defeated
Sponsor: Representative Benjamin Collings, House 42
Session: 128
Bill #: LD 1441



UPDATE: This bill has been vetoed and the veto was sustained. The bill is dead.


This bill establishes a program within the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Bureau of Maine Veterans' Services to encourage employers in the State to establish veteran-friendly workplaces. The bill provides criteria for certifying a workplace as a veteran-friendly workplace and requires the Director of the Bureau of Maine Veterans' Services to conduct regular trainings for employers who voluntarily decide to establish such a workplace. The bill also directs the Department of Labor to establish a manner for recognizing employers whose workplaces have been certified as veteran-friendly workplaces.

This bill also requires an employer to allow an employee who is a veteran to take paid leave to attend scheduled appointments at a medical facility operated by the United States Veterans Administration. The employee must make reasonable efforts to consult with the employer before scheduling such an appointment in order to accommodate, so far as is reasonable, the needs of the employer. The employer may require reasonable advance notice and verification from the veteran of such an appointment.