NU Online News Service, Aug. 26, 2004, 4:13 p.m. EDT
The federal Veterans’ Employment and Training Service is starting a survey program to measure employer compliance with the federal law that protects returning reservists’ jobs and benefits.[@@]
The law, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, requires private employers of all sizes to give reservists’ families a chance to buy continuation health coverage while the reservists are away for periods of up to 5 years.
USERRA also requires employers to hold jobs open for reservists and offer returning reservists the same salary increases, health benefits and retirement benefits that the reservists would have earned if the reservists had stayed home rather than taking military leave.
Today, VETS has no good “outcome measure” for identifying problems with USERRA compliance, VETS says in its Fiscal Year 2005 Performance Budget.