Did you know that a new law passed in Iowa requires employers to give veterans Veterans’ Day off in certain circumstances?

New Iowa Code section 91A.5A mandates that all employees who are veterans are entitled to a holiday on Veterans’ Day, November 11.  The holiday may be paid or unpaid.  An employee who wishes to take this holiday must make his or her request known to the employer at least 30 days prior and provide a federal document that demonstrates his or her eligibility.  The employer is required to notify the employee at least 10 days in advance if the holiday will be paid or unpaid.

To my knowledge, this is the first holiday employers are required to give employees under Iowa law.  All other holidays given to employees are discretionary.