The U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) administers the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Subject to the rules and exceptions discussed below, USERRA guarantees an employee returning from military service or training the right to be reemployed at his or her former job (or as nearly comparable a job as possible) with the same benefits. Aspects of the law may change over time. Every effort will be made to keep the information provided up-to-date.
USERRA applies to virtually all employers, regardless of size, including the Federal Government. While the information presented herein applies primarily to private employers, there are parallel provisions in the statute that apply to Federal, State and Local Government employers. Specific questions should be addressed to the State director of the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service listed in the government section of the telephone directory under U.S. Department of Labor.
Information about USERRA is also available on the Internet. An interactive system, The USERRA Advisor, answers many of the most-often-asked questions about the law. It can be found in the “elaws” section of the Department of Labor’s home page at www.dol.gov/elaws/userra.htm.
The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a Department of Defense agency that provides free USERRA education, consultation and, if necessary, informal mediation services. ESGR has Ombudsmen available to answer USERRA questions and respond to employment disputes related to military service. Call 1-800-336-4590 or visit www.esgr.org.
Hope you find this information valuable and utilize these resources!
A Guide to the Uniformed Services
Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
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