The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) Advisor assists veterans in understanding employee eligibility and job entitlements, employer obligations, benefits and remedies under USERRA. 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).
The USERRA Advisor was developed by the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS). It includes links to more detailed information, such as links to regulatory text, publications and organizations. Additional information is also available from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).
VETS has developed a section in the Advisor that allows users to learn about USERRA claim eligibility and to submit a claim electronically. ESGR and VETS staff are available to provide technical assistance prior to filing an official claim.
The USERRA Advisor is one of a series of elaws (Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses) Advisors developed by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to help employers and employees understand their rights and responsibilities under Federal employment laws. To view the entire list of elaws Advisors please visit the elaws website. To learn more about DOL's efforts to protect veterans' employment rights and help them succeed in the civilian workforce, visit the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) website.