DOL Issues Regulations Protecting Soldier’s Reemployment Rights

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The U.S. Department of Labor has published regulations interpreting the law that protects employment and reemployment rights and benefits of service members upon their return to civilian life. This is the first time since its passage in 1994 that the DOL has developed regulations to explain and clarify the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act (USERRA).

USERRA prohibits discrimination against past and present members of the uniformed services and establishes reemployment rights for service members who want to return to the jobs they held prior to service.

The new regulations explain how USERRA protects against discrimination and retaliation because of military service; prevents service members from suffering disadvantages due to performance of their military obligations, and affords them ample time to report back to jobs following completion of their service obligations.

A poster is available for use by employers to inform employees of their rights, benefits and obligations under USERRA. The notice, downloadable posters containing the notice, and the new regulations can be accessed at www.dol.gov/vets or on YourEmployeeHandbook.com.

More information can be found at www.dol.gov/elaws/userra.htm.

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