USERRA: Honor the Military by Obeying the Law

by Michael Haberman on May 28, 2012 · 1 comment


Honor military members by complying with USERRA

This post is being published on Memorial Day in the United States, a Federal holiday that has come to be a celebration honoring out military men and women. Its origins go back to the Civil War and was originally called Decoration Day. It was to honor the fallen soldiers of the U.S. Civil war. By the 20th Century it was extended to honor all the Americans who died in any war. Since then it has been taken to honor all American military members living and dead. (See Wikipedia Memorial Day.)

Unfortunately honoring the men and women who are serving or who have served quite often does not extend to the workplace. The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)  requires re-employment of employees who leave work for military service, prohibits retaliation and discrimination against employees because of their military service,  and prohibits termination because of military service. Yet employers in both the private and public sector continue to violate this law. The Federal government itself is not immune and because it employees so many veterans it is also one of the bigger violators.

If we truly want to honor military service (and I am not so sure that everyone does, see Companies Get the Liability for Supervisors Decisions ) then we can start by obeying the law. USERRA is not an easy law. It has a number of things that need to be done depending on the amount of time a service member is away from the job they held before military duty. But it applies to ALL employers both big and small and private sector versus public sector.

There is no excuse for not following the law which means any violation is intentional. I say there is not excuse because there is ample guidance for understanding the law. Here are some of those resources:

So now you have no excuse. Avoid embarassing yourself and your company by getting sued for violating USERRA. If you think “how bad can I get in trouble?” read this story of a $695,000 judgement against a company for their violation of USERRA, then you will understand.

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