House Bill 1269, authored by Rep. Koch, provides that a member of the Indiana National Guard who serves on state active duty for a period of up to 30 days may not be discharged from employment, except for cause, by an employer for at least 90 days after the completion of the state active duty.
"We owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women of the Indiana National Guard for their service," said Rep. Koch. "They should not have to worry about losing their jobs if called into state active duty."
Currently, federal law provides protection for one year if the service was more than 180 days and protection for 180 days if the service was between 30 and 181 days.
Rep. Koch's legislation would provide job protection of 90 days for service of fewer than 30 days (excluding training). An employer could still terminate the employee for cause or after 90 days from the completion of the state active duty.
Rep. Koch serves House District 65, which includes parts of Bartholomew, Brown, Jackson, and Lawrence counties, and serves as assistant Republican caucus chairman.