Although currently there is no plan for American soldiers to be sent to Ukraine, the U.S. has deployed thousands of troops throughout Europe, both before and during Russia’s invasion of that country. According to President Biden, those troops are not there to fight Russians, but “to defend our NATO allies.”
Military service in America is voluntary, with all able-bodied males aged 18-25 required to register with the Selective Service, meaning they could be drafted into if needed. By contrast, in Russia military service is mandatory for all male citizens aged 18-27; annually more than 250,000 Russian men are conscripted for one year of active duty service in the armed forces.
More than 1.1 million people serve in the U.S. military reserves, including the National Guard, comprising over 45% of the total U.S. military force. That means there is a reasonably good chance that one or more of your employees or job applicants will be protected by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).
What is USERRA?
This federal law, passed in 1994, protects military service members and veterans from employment discrimination on the basis of their service and allows them to regain their civilian jobs following a period of uniformed service. It applies to all employers, both the public and private sectors.
How does USERRA affect employers?
What does USERRA not require of employers?
Voluntary service members may also be called to duty during natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods or tornadoes. That is why understanding the legal rights and responsibilities of military service by employees is important for all business owners.
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