by Jamie N. Rotteveel, Esq., Pepper Hamilton LLP, Philadelphia
With Veterans Day observations on Nov. 11, it’s a good time to review employer obligations under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).
USERRA exists to minimize disadvantages for employees who temporarily leave their civilian jobs to serve in the military. It encourages military service by making it easier for employees to return to civilian life after serving in the armed services.
Under USERRA, employees who perform military service “shall not be denied initial employment, re-employment, retention in employment, promotion, or any benefit of employment” because of that service.
USERRA applies to all public and private employers, regardless of size.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) is responsible for USERRA implementation, administration and enforcement.