Effective August 1, 2013, North Dakota employers of voluntary emergency responders may not take unfavorable employment action - such as terminate, demote or discriminate - against employees who are on leave for more than 20 days because they are involuntarily activated for service in the North Dakota National Guard. Before the law goes into effect, employers should develop and implement a process to document all requests for volunteer emergency responder leave, as well as each employee's status as a North Dakota National Guard member. HR and supervisors should be trained on the new law and the new process.
Current law does not require employers to protect the jobs of voluntary responders who are on leave for more than 20 work days in a calendar year - with no exceptions for service in the North Dakota National Guard. After the amended law is effective, the current 20-day absence limit will still apply to all other voluntary emergency responders.
Employee Leaves > Other Leaves: North Dakota