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Do I Receive Additional Benefits Under New York Civil Service Laws if I Am a Veteran?

On Behalf of | Jun 4, 2020 | Civil Service Employees |

New York City civil service employment lawyer

Civil service positions offer the benefit of increased job security and some additional rights that you will not find in the private sector, and their implications can vary from person to person. If you are seeking a public job or are trying to defend your status as a civil servant, an experienced civil service employment attorney can help you protect your rights and the benefits of working in the public sector.

Veterans’ Rights in the Public Sector

A veteran trying to pass an examination to either be appointed or promoted to a State position will have some unique benefits, and understanding what you could be eligible for can play an important role in determining whether or not you get the job that you desire. In general, New York State laws require these exams to be competitive in order to place qualified and excellent candidates in the appropriate jobs. This also means that no advantages should be given to one applicant over another.

However, there is a small caveat if the person taking a civil service exam is a veteran. If you are a veteran but are not disabled, you can claim five additional points on your exam score. If you are a disabled veteran, you will get 10 points of additional credit on the exam for an open position and five points for a promotion exam. In order to ensure that any candidate selected for a job is properly trained and highly-capable, these bonus points are only applied if the veteran in question passes the exam with their base score.

Under New York Civil Service law, those who are eligible for veterans’ benefits must have been:

  • Members of the Armed Forces of the United States
  • Served actively in a time of war, not just for training purposes
  • Honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances
  • A New York State resident when applying for employment

Contact an NYC Civil Service Employment Attorney

The benefits that you are eligible for as either a current or aspiring civil service employee are in place to help you, so make sure that you are protecting these rights with the help of an NYC civil service employment attorney. Work with Attorney Joey Jackson to be guided by the wisdom he has gained from 20+ years of experience in civil service employment cases. To schedule a consultation, call either 1-833-JOEY-JACKSON or 833-563-9522.