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Utah Re-Enacted and Expanded Military Protections

08 May

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Update Applicable to:Effective date
All employersMarch 18, 2024


What happened?

On March 18, 2024, Utah re-enacted and expanded its military protections, which require employers of all sizes to provide military leave and other employment rights.


What are the details?

Employers are required to:

  • Provide up to 5 years of leave to employees who are members of a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces when they are ordered to active duty (including for training), inactive duty training, or state active duty
  • Provide employees who are called to service in the Utah National Guard or the Utah State Defense Force with the same rights and protections provided by federal law for employees who are called to federal military service
  • Restore these employees to their jobs after their service with the seniority, status, rate of pay, and rate of vacation accrual that they would be entitled to under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)


Other changes:

  • Added section 39A-3-205 regarding Recruitment and retention bonus assistance for Utah National Guard members, Use and allocation, and Appropriation.
  • Added section 39A-9-101 regarding Acceptance of gifts.
  • Adds a vehicle for commute and official use for the executive director of the Department of Veterans and Military Affairs.


To see all the changes, please read the amendment provided below:


Source References


Business Considerations

  • Employers would need to update their military leave policy to reflect these new protections.

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