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Labor Dept. Issues Rule On Reservists’ Rights
The Department of Labor has issued final rules on a law that clarifies the re-employment rights of military reservists.
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.
Vol. 25, Issue 16, Page 20Published in Print: January 4, 2006, as Labor Dept. Issues Rule On Reservists’ Rights