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37-01-25.1. Reinstatement to former position - Appeals - Penalty

Any person referred to in section 37-01-25, who within ninety days after receiving a discharge other than dishonorable from such active noncivilian service, and who is not physically or otherwise incapacitated to perform the duties of the position formerly held by the person, applies for such position held by the person at the time of entering such active service, must be given such position or one of like seniority, status, and pay, and is immune to discharge from said position except for cause, as defined by the department of veterans' affairs, for a period of one year after entering upon the duties of the person's civilian position. Any such person not so reemployed or who is discharged within a period of one year without cause, has the right of appeal to the department of veterans' affairs under such rules and regulations as the administrative committee on veterans' affairs may promulgate. If the department of veterans' affairs finds that such person was not reemployed or was discharged within one year without cause, it may order any officer or other appointing power to comply with the provisions of this chapter. If such person at the time of entering noncivilian service has been an officer or employee of the state of North Dakota or any political subdivision or city thereof, having a merit or civil service system with an appeal board, such appeal board has the same powers as are granted to the department of veterans' affairs in this section. In order to carry out the provisions of this chapter, the department of veterans' affairs is hereby authorized to contract and pay for technical or other services with any board, council, or commission established by such state agencies, departments, or divisions to administer such systems. Any person violating any of the provisions of this section is guilty of an infraction.