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Labor Dept. Issues Rule On Reservists’ Rights

By Christina A. Samuels — January 03, 2006 1 min read

The final rules, which were published in the Federal Register on Dec. 19, are available online at www.dol.gov/vets/regs/fedreg/final.

See the final rules, which were published in the Federal Register on Dec. 19.

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994, or USERRA, applies to all employers, including schools, that employ military reservists and National Guard members called to active duty. More than 525,000 such people have been mobilized since September 2001, and more than 390,000 have been released from active duty, Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao said in a statement announcing the rules.

Eligible returning service members must be “promptly re-employed” in an appropriate position—in most cases, within two weeks of reporting back to work. Also, returning service members must receive the same seniority, status, and pay they would have attained if they had remained continuously employed.