Iraq Weighs Heavily On Employers

By Amanda Ernst (September 10, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In the six years since Sept. 11, thousands of National Guard members and reservists have been called up to military service. As a result, many employers – and employment lawyers – have had to familiarize themselves with the federal and state laws governing the employment rights of servicemen and women.

The federal law, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994, protects all members of the armed forces from job loss, demotion and loss of seniority and benefits while they are on active duty.

Recent military action has caused an uptick in litigation over employers' compliance with USERRA. According...

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