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Military Duty Leave for Employees in Alabama

Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on May 25, 2012.

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Alabama employers must provide employees with leave for military duty in accordance with these state rules.

All officers and employees of any private business or industry who are active members of the following are entitled to a military leave of absence from their respective civil duties and occupations on all days that they are engaged in field or coast defense or other training or on other service ordered under the provisions of the National Defense Act, the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, or of the federal laws governing the United States reserves, without loss of pay, time, efficiency rating, annual vacation or sick leave:

  • Alabama National Guard
  • naval militia
  • Alabama State Guard organized in lieu of the national guard
  • the National Disaster Medical System
  • the citizen auxiliary of the United States Air Force known as the Civil Air Patrol
  • of any other reserve component of the uniformed services of the United States

A person granted a leave of absence with pay may not be paid for more than 168 working hours per calendar year, and those persons are entitled, in addition, to be paid for no more than 168 working hours at any one time while called by the governor to duty in the active service of Alabama.

Service in the National Guard or naval militia of Alabama, when called, drafted or ordered into the service of the United States, is to be considered as equivalent service in the Alabama National Guard or naval militia for any and all state purposes regarding privileges, honors, pay, allowances and exemptions provided by law for members of the National Guard and naval militia of Alabama.

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