2018 Military Spouse Employment Act
Posted on Jun 19, 2018
On Monday the U.S. Senate approved the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”). The House of Representatives has approved its version in May and the two chambers are working out some differences; however, a few major provisions likely to be approved include increases in pay for active military by 2.6% and more funding for carrier construction and overhaul, submarine construction, and shore construction projects. Another component of the bill addresses military spouses. In response to concerns voiced regarding the rate of military spouse unemployment (which is three times the national average), Virginia Senator Tim Kaine included provisions designed to connect military spouses with job opportunities. Specifically, it expedites the federal hiring process of military spouses on or near military installations and it also encourages private contractors to hire military spouses. Further, the NDAA directs the Pentagon to formalize a plan to allow the small businesses of military spouses to operate on military bases.