Policy DKAB - Hiring Preference of Veterans & Veterans' Spouses
Issue Date: December 18, 2019
Citations Updated: November 15, 2023
Hiring of Veterans and Veterans’ Spouses
For purposes of this Policy, “veteran” has the same meaning as defined in Utah Code § 68-3-12.5. “Service member” means currently serving member of the armed forces. An “individual with disability” means a veteran or service member who has established the existence of a service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or a pension because of a public statute administered by the United States Department of Veteran affairs or military department.
For purposes of this policy “preference eligibile” means any individual who is a veteran or service member, an individual with a disability, the spouse or surviving spouse of a veteran, a purple heart recipient, or a retired member of the armed forces.
When considering candidates for employment in the District, the District shall grant a veteran’s preference to each preference eligible individual as defined in this Policy. The personnel or human resource officer of the District shall add to the score of a preference eligible individual who receives a passing score on an examination, or any rating or ranking mechanism used in selecting individuals for employment in the District the following:
Five percent (5%) of the total possible score if the individual is a veteran or service member;
Ten percent (10%) of the total possible score if the individual is a veteran or service member with a disability, or a purple heart recipient; or,
If the individual is a spouse or surviving spouse, the same percentage increase that the qualifying veteran or service member would have been entitled to.
Preference eligibility shall be added to a minimum of one step in the process.
A preference eligible individual who applies for a position that does not require an examination shall be given preference in interviewing for the position. If all other circumstances relevant to employment are equal among candidates, then a preference shall be given to the veteran or service member applying for a position with the District.