U.S. combat operations in Iraq ended in December. The Department of Defense is gradually drawing down forces in Afghanistan. Employees who had been deployed as members of the military reserves or National Guard will be coming back to their jobs, and other former service people will be looking for work.
Paul Rieckhoff, the executive director of Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America, calls the new flood of returning service members “the surge home.”
THE LAW: Employers with employees who are returning from military service must comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).
Returning reservist’s rights vary according to how long they were deployed.
Those deployed fewer than 31 days must report to work for their first regularly scheduled work period following the last calendar day of duty. Employers must allow employees to return home safely from the deployment and rest for eight...(register to read more)