Employers of military reserve and National Guard personnel play a crucial role in a successful mobilization followed by a successful return, reunion, and reintegration. Strong communication between the employer and the service member are beneficial to both parties. The information below highlights pertinent facts from the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) and the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), as well as transitioning tips for the service member.
The following lists are focused toward businesses and companies that employ Reserve and National Guard personnel. Employees may find the information helpful as well.
Understand your obligations as an employer
Be aware that your employee has a number of medical, administrative and pre-screening requirements that he or she will need to accomplish prior to their mobilization date.
Tips and Best Practices
See if you qualify for Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loans (MREIDL). MREIDL provides funds to help an eligible small business meet its ordinary and necessary operating expenses that it could have met, but is unable to, because an essential employee was called-up to active duty in their role as a military reservist.
Consider leading the office to 'adopt' your deploying IA Sailor, supporting them with letters or care packages for the duration of the deployment.
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