Congressman: No work for veterans on Veterans Day

WASHINGTON — Veterans shouldn’t have to work on Veterans Day, according to Rep. Bruce Braley.

The Iowa Democrat this week reintroduced legislation mandating that employers give veterans a day off for the holiday, even if the rest of the company is working. Braley called the idea “just one small way of showing our gratitude for their commitment and service.”

Braley first introduced the idea in 2011, but the proposal hasn’t gained much legislative momentum.  

The bill would only apply to private-sector companies with more than 50 employees, and veterans would have to give their bosses 30 days’ notice. Exemptions would be allowed for public health, company safety or other hardships.

Iowa has adopted similar legislation for state employers.

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