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New Law Expands Reemployment Rights for Members of the Military


On June 14, 2017, Gov. Greitens signed S.B. 108 amending RSMo Section 40.490 regarding military leave provisions. This law provides that a Missouri employee who is a member of the National Guard of another state called on active state duty by the governor of that state or who is a member of any reserve component of the Armed Forces called to active duty shall be entitled to reemployment rights upon his or her return to Missouri as granted under federal and Missouri law. Public and private employers must allow eligible employees to take military leave.

Specifically, employees are eligible for military leave if they are:

  • Members of the Missouri National Guard or other Missouri military forces and are ordered to active state duty by the governor;
  • Effective Aug. 28, 2017, Missouri employees who are members of another state's National Guard and are called to active state duty by that state's governor; or
  • Effective Aug. 28, 2017, members of any reserve component of the U.S. armed forces and are called to active duty.

The laws been effective since Aug. 28, 2017.

S.B. 108 »