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Veteran's Employment Preference

 
 
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Pursuant to Government Code 657, Veteran's Employment Preferences, the following individuals qualify for a veteran's employment preference:

  • a veteran, including a veteran with a disability;
  • a veteran's surviving spouse who has not remarried; and
  • an orphan of a veteran if the veteran was killed while on active duty.

An individual who qualifies for a veteran's employment preference is entitled to a preference in employment over other applicants for the same position who do not have a greater qualification.

Each state agency shall establish a goal to hire, in full time positions, a number of veterans equal to at least 20% of the total number of employees at that state agency.

  • If the total number of individuals interviewed for a position is six, or less, at least one individual who is claiming veterans preference must be interviewed.
  • If the total number of individuals interviewed is more than six then at least 20% of the total number of individuals interviewed must be veterans preference applicants.

A state agency may designate an open position as a "veterans only position" and only accept applications from veteran applicants.

State Agencies may also "direct hire" a veteran for a position without advertising the job opening.

Note: There is no requirement if there are no qualified veterans preference eligible individuals applying for the position.

An individual who qualifies for a veteran's employment preference is entitled to a preference in employment with or appointment to a state agency over other applicants for the same position who do not have a greater qualification.