Did you know the USSERA protects Veterans' jobs?
There is more to hiring or re-hiring returning Veterans than simple patriotism or even hiring good candidates. The federal Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 provides job and benefit protections for employees who take leaves of absence to fulfill military obligations. Employers must reemploy these soldiers upon their return from military service if they provided proper notice of leave and properly applied for reemployment. Employers are prohibited under USERRA from discriminating or retaliating against employees or applicants based on their military service or intent to join one of the uniformed services. Employers that violate USERRA provisions can be penalized, including compensating employees for losses of wages or other benefits.
Also under USERRA, employers must help returning Veterans , including injured or disabled soldiers, become qualified for the jobs that they would have attained if they hadn't served in the military. If Veterans can't become qualified for the positions that they would have attained, employers must make reasonable efforts to employ them in positions with equivalent seniority, status, and pay.