As an employer, you are vital in enabling your National Guard and Reserve employees to serve our country. Your active support and encouragement are critical to their success. Here is how you can support your employees:
Attend open houses and public functions at local military units; talk about the National Guard and Reserve with military and civilian leaders in your community; ask your employees how they fit into the "big picture" of national defense.
Get to know your employee's military commanders and supervisors; ask them to provide you with advance notice of your employee's annual miltary duty schedule.
Recognize and publicize National Guard and Reserve employees' dedication and commitment to your business and the Nation.
Sign a Statement of Support and display it prominently.
The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) applies to all public and private employers in the United States to include federal, state and local governments; regardless of size. Providing that Service members meet all criteria, it requires employers to:
Allow employees to participate in military service.
Reinstate military members following service.
Accumulate seniority, including pension benefits.
Train or retrain job skills, including accommodations for the disabled.
Protect against discrimination.