Bad news for civilian employees also in the Guard or Reserve
When employers don't understand the rules (even as simply presented as the new regulations), they are likely to violate the law and hurt their employees. HR.BLR.com did a survey found Majority of Employers Not Ready for New USERRA Regs:
Only one-third of employers are fully prepared for important new regulations that become effective this week governing the employment and reemployment rights of military service members, according to a poll at HR.BLR.com.
Final regulations under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994, as amended (USERRA) were issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) in December of 2005. These are the first comprehensive regulations ever issued describing the employment and reemployment rights of military service members under federal law. The final regulations become effective for all employers on January 18, 2006.
Asked "How prepared are you for the new USERRA regs that become effective January 18?" just 33 percent of HR.BLR.com visitors responded that they were "Completely prepared" for the regulations. Another 24 percent responded that they were "Somewhat prepared."
Meanwhile, over a quarter (26 percent) of respondents said that they didn't know whether they were prepared and 17 percent said they were "Not at all prepared" for the regulations.
If your employer is not obeying the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act, contact me about your rights. More information is on my Military Service page.