When employees return from military-related absences, you must re-employ them to their old jobs or ones with similar status, seniority, pay and benefits. That's federal law since 1994, but apparently, some companies don't know about it.
In the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, nearly 1,300 National Guardsmen and reservists filed formal complaints saying they suffered discrimination when returning to work. That's up from 900 complaints in 2001.
The complaints correlate with the recent spike in reservist deployments. Since Sept. 11, 2001, about 306,000 Reserve and Guardsmen have been mobilized, including 163,000 who are now on active duty.
For advice on complying, visit www.dol.gov/vets or www.esgr.org, or call the Labor Department at (866) 487-2365.
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