It’s do as we say, not as we do when it comes to complying with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). A Washington Post investigation found that federal government agencies account for 18% of all USERRA complaints filed by returning service members.
The complaints range from employees who were penalized for being absent from their jobs when they were on active duty, to federal agencies that simply refused to hire returning vets when they return from deployments.
The federal government is the largest single employer of military reservists, 14% of whom work for Uncle Sam.
During federal fiscal year 2010, the Department of Labor sought legal action on 43 USERRA cases involving federally employed reservists. But the Department of Justice only pursued three of them.
While USERRA applies to both private and public employers, federal employees actually have fewer rights than their private-sector counterparts. Federal employees may sue federal agencies, but only to recover lost wages and seek reinstatement to their former jobs. Reservists who work for private employers can be awarded double damages if they show they suffered willful discrimination.
Note: The report cites lack of supervisor training as the main reason behind federal agency violations. Employers should train supervisors and anyone handling employment and re-employment situations about USERRA requirements.
Like what you've read? ...Republish it and share great business tips!
Attention: Readers, Publishers, Editors, Bloggers, Media, Webmasters and more...
We believe great content should be read and passed around. After all, knowledge IS power. And good business can become great with the right information at their fingertips. If you'd like to share any of the insightful articles on BusinessManagementDaily.com, you may republish or syndicate it without charge.
The only thing we ask is that you keep the article exactly as it was written and formatted. You also need to include an attribution statement and link to the article.
" This information is proudly provided by Business Management Daily.com: http://www.businessmanagementdaily.com/30493/report-shows-uncle-sam-is-biggest-userra-violator "
- How to manage 'job creep' in today's jobless recovery
- When figuring time worked, you must round in employee's favor
- Could we get in trouble? Brief posting led to job for applicant with inside info
- Raymond James sued for discrimination, published denial
- 11th Circuit topples hurricane-proof crane standards