Senate Engrossed House Bill
State of Arizona
House of Representatives
First Regular Session
HOUSE BILL 2094
amending title 23, chapter 2, Arizona Revised Statutes, by adding article 16; relating to the voluntary veterans' preference employment policy.
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Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Title 23, chapter 2, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding article 16, to read:
ARTICLE 16. VOLUNTARY VETERANS'
PREFERENCE EMPLOYMENT POLICY
In this article, unless the context otherwise requires:
1. "DD‑214" means a United States department of defense report of separation form or its predecessor or successor forms.
2. "Private employer" means a sole proprietor, corporation, partnership, limited liability company or other entity with one or more employees. Private employer does not include this state, a political subdivision of this state or a public institution of higher education.
3. "Veteran" means a person who served on active duty in the United States armed forces and who was discharged or released under honorable conditions.
4. "Veterans' preference employment policy" means a private employer's voluntary preference for hiring, promoting or retaining a veteran over another qualified applicant or employee.
23-495.01. Voluntary veterans' performance employment policy; private employers; eligibility
A. A private employer may adopt a voluntary veterans' preference employment policy.
B. The veterans' preference employment policy shall be in writing and applied uniformly to employment decisions regarding hiring, promotion or retention during a reduction in force.
C. A private employer with a veterans' preference employment policy may require that a veteran submit a DD‑214 to be eligible for the preference.
Sec. 2. Legislative findings
The legislature finds that title 23, chapter 2, article 16, Arizona Revised Statutes, does not violate any local or state equal employment opportunity laws, including title 41, chapter 9, article 4, Arizona Revised Statutes.
Sec. 3. Short title
Title 23, chapter 2, article 16, Arizona Revised Statutes, may be cited as the "Voluntary Veterans' Preference Employment Policy Act".
APPROVED BY THE GOVERNOR APRIL 6, 2015.
FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 7, 2015.