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VETERANS' PREFERENCES


Applicants for Support Personnel positions with Florida Atlantic University may be eligible to receive veterans preference. To receive veterans preference, the applicant must a Florida resident and must submit a copy of their DD-214 (Member 4 preferred) by the closing date of the recruitment notification via one of the following methods. A copy of the DD-214 may be mailed to: Florida Atlantic University, Attention: Employment Office, 777 Glades Road, Building 10, Suite 102, Boca Raton, Fl 33431.  Applicants may also fax the DD-214 to the Employment Office at 561-297-2404.

Additional information concerning Veteran’s Preference is available at the Florida Department of Veteran’s Affairs webpage:  http://floridavets.org/?page_id=62

For information on obtaining a DD214 visit eVetRecs or call 1-866-272-6272

Florida Statutes information is available at: www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/



Veterans' Preference and the State of Florida

GENERAL

Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, sets forth certain requirements for public employers to accord preferences, in appointment, retention, and promotion, to certain veterans and spouses of veterans who are Florida residents.  The relevant portions of the law apply to “the state and its political subdivisions”.  Public utilities, state universities, school districts, and special taxing districts are subject to the requirements of Chapter 295.

CATEGORIES OF PROTECTED INDIVIDUALS

Section 295.07, Florida Statutes, extends veterans preference to:

A veteran with a service-connected disability who is eligible for or receiving compensation, disability retirement, or pension under public laws administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense.

The spouse of a veteran who cannot qualify for employment because of a total and permanent service-connected disability, or the spouse of a veteran missing in action, captured, or forcibly detained by a foreign power.

A veteran of any war who has served on active duty for one day or more during a wartime period, excluding active duty for training, and who was discharged under honorable conditions from the Armed Forces of the United States of America. A veteran who has served honorably but who has not met the criteria for the award of a campaign or expeditionary medal for service in Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom qualifies for preference in appointment, effective July 1, 2007.  The service dates are defined as follows:

·         Operation Enduring Freedom October 7, 2001 to date to be determined.

·         Operation Iraqi Freedom March 19, 2003 to date to be determined.

The unremarried widow or widower of a veteran who died of a service-connected disability.

Any Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, as well as the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, are qualifying for Veterans Preference.

OTHER PROVISIONS REGARDING PREFERENCE

Veterans preference in perpetuity: a person eligible for veterans preference in appointment (defined by s. 295.07, FS) does not forfeit employment preference eligibility once that veteran or eligible spouse of the veteran has been employed by a state agency or any political subdivision of this state. Effective July 1, 2007, Florida law restores veterans preference in employment for all categories of protected individuals previously employed by a state agency or any political subdivision of this state.

Preference in layoffs: Where a layoff is necessitated in a covered position, similar preferences must be given to the covered employee in the retention process.

Preference in reinstatement or reemployment: When an employee in a covered position leaves employment for the purpose of serving in the armed forces, he or she is entitled to reinstatement or reemployment upon release or discharge from active military service.

Promotion preference: Promotion preference applied only to a veterans first promotion after reinstatement or reemployment without exception.

EXEMPT POSITIONS

Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, provides for a preference in employment for certain classes of covered positions. However, Ch. 98-33, s 2, Laws of Fla., exempts from the law positions that are exempt from the state career service system under Section 110.205 (2), Florida Statutes.

ENFORCEMENT

If an applicant claiming veterans’ preference for a vacant position is not selected, he/she may file a complaint with the:

Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs (FDVA)
Division of Benefits and Assistance
P.O. Box 31003
St. Petersburg, FL 33731

A complaint must be filed within twenty-one (21) days of the applicant receiving notice of the hiring decision made by the employing agency or within three months of the date the application is filed with the employer if no notice is given.  The enforcement mechanism established by the regulations provide for an initial investigation by the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, followed by an evidentiary proceeding before the Public Employees Relations Commission if the matter cannot be earlier resolved.

Technical Bulletin 2: Campaigns and Expeditions of the Armed Forces Since WWII Which Qualify for Veterans Preference

Technical Bulletin 3: Uniformed Services Reemployment Rights Act of 1994

For additional information concerning veterans' preference, please contact:

Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Division of Benefits and Assistance
P.O. Box 31003
St. Petersburg, FL   33731
Telephone: (727) 319-7462
Fax: (727) 319-7780
Email: burnsj@fdva.state.fl.us

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