3 minute read | February.06.2016
The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (“USERRA”), 38 U.S.C. §§ 4301–4335, prohibits discrimination against employees and potential employees based on their military service and imposes certain obligations on employers with respect to employees returning to their civilian workplace after a period of service in the U.S. military.
There are some significant differences between USERRA and other employment law statues. Here are five:
USERRA’s applicability and protections go well beyond seemingly similar employment law statutes, such as Title VII, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Employers need to make sure that Human Resources and managers understand the broad applicability of the statute and the full range of obligations with regard to veterans. In some cases, compliance with the complexities of the statute may require advice of legal counsel.