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New bill would have protected axed firefighter

The Iowa Legislature has passed a law that forbids employers from firing employees who are late to work because they are a volunteer emergency responder.

It’s House File 671. According to Section 100B.14:

“If an employee has provided the employee’s public or private employer with written notification that the employee is a volunteer emergency services provider, the employer shall not terminate the employment of a volunteer emergency services provider who, because the employee was fulfilling the employee’s duties as a volunteer emergency services provider, is absent from or late to work.”

This has no impact on Heath Omar’s dilemma, but it may prevent anyone else getting fired the way he was.

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