What Employers Need to Know about Veterans Day

Veterans Day is Sunday, November 11th –


Request for Veterans Day Off:

Employees who are veterans (as defined by Oregon law) and are scheduled to work on Veterans Day, may ask for that day off. These employees must provide 21 days’ prior notice of their intent to take that day off by October 21, 2018, and document their status as a qualifying veteran.


Request Consideration

Upon receipt of this request, an employer must determine whether providing the time off would cause “significant economic or operational disruption,” or whether allowing time off is an “undue hardship” as described in Oregon discrimination law. If so, the employer is not required to provide the day off.

Qualified Veterans Must Be Approved for One Day Off at Some Point!
However, by law, the employer must allow any qualified veteran denied Veterans Day off to choose, with the employer’s approval, a single day off within the year after Veterans Day on which the employee worked as a replacement.

By law, Employers must inform the employee at least 14 days before Veterans Day [October 28, 2018] whether time off will be approved and whether it will be paid or unpaid.


Fair Application of Veteran’s Day Law

If an employer decides not to provide the time off to one veteran, the employer must deny time off to all employees who requested time off for Veterans Day or deny time off to the minimum number of employees necessary to avoid significant economic or operational disruption or an undue hardship.

If you have questions regarding this law and its application, give Cardinal Services a call 1.800.342.4742 and we will help you stay compliant and advise you of your options.