Firm can give hiring preferences to vets under bill Pence signed into law

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INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has signed a bill into law that lets companies give preference to veterans in hiring or promoting workers.

“Our Hoosier heroes deserve our utmost respect, and we owe them a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid,” Pence said in a statement. “The legislation I sign today will ensure these courageous men and women have every opportunity for success in their chosen careers after putting their lives on the line for our freedom.”

Senate Bill 298 passed the House and Senate unanimously.

The bill requires the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development to verify veterans preference programs.

The Governor also signed the following bills:

House Bill 1497, which boosts the requirements for the Jobs for Hoosiers program. The program requires individuals filing for unemployment to visit a WorkOne center within the first four weeks of receiving benefits and requires a person collecting unemployment to participate in reemployment.

House Bill 1104, which allows the State Board of Accounts to prioritize audits for local units of government the agency determines to be at the highest risk of loss due to fraud and noncompliance with state requirements.

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