(1) As provided in 39-29-111, MCA,
"during a reduction in [work] force, a public employer shall retain"
over all others a veteran, a disabled veteran or an eligible relative who:
(a) has similar job duties and
(b) has not been rated
unacceptable under a performance appraisal system; and
(c) has the same or greater
length of service. Length of service means continuous employment by an
individual public employer as defined in 39-29-101, MCA.
(2) As provided in 39-29-111,
MCA, "a disabled veteran with a service-connected disability of 30%
or more" shall be retained over other veterans, disabled veterans and
(3) It will be the
responsibility of the employee to claim preference in retention. An employee
who claims preference in retention as a veteran, a disabled veteran, a 30%
disabled veteran or an eligible relative shall document eligibility in the same
manner required in ARM 2.21.3616 for the claim of preference for initial
(4) As provided in 39-29-111,
MCA, "The preference in retention...does not apply to a position covered
by a collective bargaining agreement."