On Veterans Day, It’s Good to Remember Workplace Rules for Vets

From the HR blog at TLNT.
From the HR blog at TLNT.

In honor of this auspicious occasion, I thought it might be helpful to remind everyone of workplace requirements in place to protect all of our wonderful veterans and those currently serving in the military:

USERRA: Basics of the law

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act is an oft-misunderstood law. Here are the basics that every employer should know:

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  • All employers are covered by USERRA regardless of size.
  • USERRA provides that an employee who is absent due to service in the uniformed services is entitled to reemployment into the same or a comparable position as though s/he had been continuously employed.
  • In addition to reemployment, service members are entitled to certain benefits and retention rights and are protected against retaliation.
  • Potential penalties for noncompliance include reinstatement, back pay, attorneys’ fees and other damages.

This was originally published on Manpower Group’s Employment Blawg.

Mark Toth has served as Manpower Group North America's Chief Legal Officer since 2000. He also serves on the company’s Global Leadership Team, Global Legal Lead Team and North American Lead Team. Mark is recognized as an expert on legal issues affecting the U.S. workplace and is frequently quoted in media from The Wall Street Journal to 60 Minutes. He is also a past Chair of the American Staffing Association and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources. Contact him at mark.toth@manpowergroup.com.