2022 Georgia Code
Title 34 - Labor and Industrial Relations
Chapter 1 - General Provisions
§ 34-1-8. Veterans’ Preference Employment Policy; Use Not a Violation

Universal Citation: GA Code § 34-1-8 (2022)
  1. As used in this Code section, the term:
    1. “Employer” means any person engaged in business and having one or more employees, but does not include the federal government, state, or any political subdivision of the state.
    2. “Veteran” means an individual who served on active duty in the armed forces of the United States and was honorably discharged from such service.
    3. “Veterans’ preference employment policy” means any employer’s policy of preference in hiring, promoting, or retaining a veteran over any other qualified applicant or employee.
  2. Any employer may create and use a veterans’ preference employment policy, which shall be in writing and applied uniformly to employment decisions regarding hiring, promotion, or retention during a reduction in force.
  3. An employer’s use of a veterans’ preference employment policy as provided for in this Code section shall not constitute a violation of any local or state equal employment opportunity law.

History. Code 1981, § 34-1-8 , enacted by Ga. L. 2015, p. 620, § 2/HB 443.

Effective date. —

This Code section became effective July 1, 2015.

Editor’s notes.

Ga. L. 2015, p. 620, § 1/HB 443, not codified by the General Assembly, provides: “This Act shall be known and may be cited as the ‘Voluntary Veterans’ Preference Employment Policy Act.’ ”

Administrative rules and regulations.

Veterans’ preference, Official Compilation of the Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia, Rules of the State Personnel Board, § 478-1-.18.

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