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OF HUMAN RESOURCES
HUMAN RESOURCES POLICY AND PRACTICES MANUAL
5.1 VETERANS PREFERENCE
Maine law (reference 5 MRSA, §7054) provides that an additional five or ten points be added to the passing civil service (that is, in the classified service) examination score of veterans meeting certain eligibility requirements for open competitive selection processes1. In certain situations, the spouse, widow, widower, or parent of an eligible veteran may also be eligible for a five-point or ten-point veterans preference. Please carefully review the criteria listed below. Applicants who have questions about veterans preference should contact the Bureau of Human Resources at (207) 624-7761.
It is important to note that the veterans preference provided in Maine law applies to both competitive jobs (centralized registers, with applicants certified by the Bureau of Human Resources for specific vacancies) and direct hire jobs (recruitment and selection delegated to an agency). In the case of open competitive direct hire jobs, agencies must apply the veterans preference to the passing scores of direct hire candidates unless all of the candidates are being interviewed. (When all candidates are interviewed, the "preference" has no meaningful effect.)
1 It is important to note that the veterans preference law applies only to open competitive scores for jobs in the classified service. Veterans preference is not applied in cases when a position is filled on an “agency promotional” (current agency employees only) or a “statewide promotional” (current state employees only) basis, nor does veterans preference law apply to jobs in the unclassified service.
PREFERENCE FOR A VETERAN
ELIGIBILITY FOR THE FIVE-POINT VETERANS PREFERENCE:
ELIGIBILITY FOR THE TEN-POINT VETERANS PREFERENCE:
PREFERENCE FOR WIDOWS, WIDOWERS, SPOUSES, AND PARENTS OF VETERANS
Under certain circumstances, the widow, widower, spouse, or parent of a veteran may be entitled to veterans preference. Applicants in one of the categories listed below are strongly encouraged to contact the Bureau of Human Resources at (207) 624-7761 when claiming veterans preference as a widow, widower, spouse, or parent of a veteran. Prior notification will facilitate the proper application of veterans preference provided by law.
The information needed to determine if a widow or widower of a veteran is entitled to a five-point veterans preference includes:
The widow or widower of an eligible veteran is entitled to the 5-point preference even if the veteran on whom the claim is based has previously used a five-point preference to secure a position in Maine State Government.
The information needed to determine if a widow or widower of a veteran is entitled to a ten-point veterans preference includes:
The information needed to determine if the spouse of a disabled veteran is entitled to the ten-point preference in lieu of the veteran includes:
The spouse may claim these extra points in place of a claim by the disabled veteran. Both cannot be eligible for a ten-point preference at the same time.
The law does not limit the number of times the ten-point preference can be used by the spouse .
A determination that the parent of a veteran is entitled to a veterans preference is complex and must be determined on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please contact the Bureau of Human Resources: (207) 624-7761.
RIGHT TO REOPEN OPEN COMPETITIVE EXAMINATIONS
Maine law also provides that certain veterans and family members may apply for, and reopen, an open competitive examination during the life of an eligible register resulting from a published announcement. (Reference 5 MRSA, § 7055) This benefit may be exercised by:
In addition, if no eligible register resulted from a published announcement, applicants described above may file an application for and reopen an open competitive examination within 3 years of the closing date of the published announcement, provided that the applicant had not previously made application for the examination under conditions of the published announcement. Applicants who wish to exercise the right to open a competitive examination should contact the Bureau of Human Resources at (207) 624-7761. Prior notification will facilitate the correct application of the law concerning the rights of veterans, and certain family members, to reopen a competitive examination.