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Military Leave / USERRA

USERRA requires reinstatement, with benefits

11/01/2018
A long-running case shows the legal trouble that can ensue when an employee alleges USERRA violations.

Dollar General discounted employee’s USERRA reinstatement rights, now may have to pay

10/29/2018
USERRA allows returning service members to request reinstatement by any means, and employers can’t restrict how they ask.

EEOC pursues service-related harassment

04/05/2018
The EEOC is putting employers on notice that it will vigorously enforce the rights of employees who serve in the National Guard or military reserves or who are veterans.

Master compliance challenges that follow natural disasters

10/18/2017
Unless planned and executed properly, employers’ emergency procedures may run afoul of many federal, state and local employment laws.

Minnesota state agencies and universities are now subject to USERRA claims

07/21/2017
A Minnesota appeals court has reinstated a Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act claim against a state university.

Military-connected employees? It’s your duty to understand USERRA obligations

03/07/2017
USERRA extends workplace protection to those who return to work after active duty. Essentially under USERRA, those employees are no longer at-will employees; you may only terminate them for cause.

Appeals court ruling: USERRA claims can go to arbitration

11/28/2016
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that service members in the armed forces seeking to enforce the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act can be compelled to arbitrate rather than litigate in federal court if they signed an arbitration agreement.

Reserve duty is protected even if it’s inconvenient

03/02/2016
Employees who are military reservists can be called to active duty for weeks, months or even year-long deployments. But punishing that soldier for the inconvenience can be costly.

Does USERRA apply to contract workers?

11/23/2015

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act prevents employers from discharging returning service members for anything except “cause” for a year after their return. But what if the service member is working under an employment contract? What if that agreement has a termination clause built in? Does USERRA prevent the employer for exercising that contractual term?

A tale of two employers, two female soldiers

10/27/2015
Honoring members of the military is about more than thanking them for their service. Consider, for example, how two companies recently treated citizen soldiers in their employ—one well, the other allegedly not so well.