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January 14, 2009    DOL Home > elaws Advisors > USERRA Advisor
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The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) Advisor helps Veterans understand employee eligibility and job entitlements, employer obligations, benefits and remedies under the Act. The law is intended to encourage non-career uniformed service so that America can enjoy the protection of those services, staffed by qualified people, while maintaining a balance with the needs of private and public employers who also depend on these same individuals.

Employers are required to provide to persons entitled to the rights and benefits under USERRA, a notice of the rights, benefits and obligations of such persons and such employers under USERRA.  Employers may provide the notice, "Your Rights Under USERRA", by posting it where employee notices are customarily placed.  However, employers are free to provide the notice to employees in other ways that will minimize costs while ensuring that the full text of the notice is provided (e.g., by handing or mailing out the notice, or distributing the notice via electronic mail).

This USERRA Advisor was developed by the Veterans' Employment and Training Service. The Department of Labor (DOL) developed the elaws Advisors to help employees and employers understand their rights and responsibilities under numerous Federal employment laws. Each Advisor includes links to more detailed information that may be useful to the user, such as links to regulatory text, publications and organizations. Additional information is also available from the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

VETS has developed an Internet-based system that will allow USERRA claimants to officially submit a claim via the internet VETS Website using an electronic version of Forms 1010 (E-1010). ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve) and VETS staff are available to provide technical assistance prior to filing an official claim.



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