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Human Resources and labor relations USERRA Update: Amendment Signed Into Law

S. 2486 Veterans Benefits Improvement Act of 2004

President Bush signed into law S. 2486, the Veterans Benefits Improvement Act of 2004 on December 10th, 2004.

Though the new Act modifies and extends housing, education, and other benefits for veterans - the key portion concerning employers involves employment reinstatement and benefit rights.

The two most important aspects of this new law are these:

    1) Employers are required to post a notice informing employees of their rights under USERRA. This posting should be where employers customarily provide notices for employees.

    2) Employers must provide employees in military service the option of maintaining employer-sponsored health insurance coverage for two years.

This law applies to all employers, regardless of size - including federal, state, and local government employers.

Employees who feel their USERRA rights have been violated can go directly to court without first filing an administrative action. Employers involved in these cases face the possibility of paying back pay, attorneys' fees, and damages.

USERRA provides military leave and reemployment right for veterans and reservists; it also prohibits discrimination and retaliation based on an employee's military service.

Some of our earlier articles covering these issues for you include:

"Impact of Military Reserves Activation on Employers"


"National Guard and Reserve Leave"

For more information on USERRA and other aspects of personnel issues facing employers please read our earlier articles or contact us here at Braun Consulting Group by clicking here.

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