The Department of Labor has launched a new service that allows National Guard
and reserve service members to file Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment
Rights Act (USERRA) complaints via the department's website.
"This new online form will make it easier for National Guard and Reserve
service members to alert us to any job-related problems they may encounter because
of their service to our country," says U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
Developed by the Labor Department's Veterans' Employment and Training Service
(VETS), the form is called the VETS Form 1010.
The online form is the latest in a series of compliance-assistance efforts undertaken
by the Department of Labor to increase employee and employer awareness of USERRA.
- Providing a poster that spells out rights and responsibilities under USERRA
for display in workplaces. It can be downloaded here.
- Providing briefings and technical assistance to more than 280,000 service
members and others on USERRA;
- Distributing public service announcements to increase awareness of USERRA
- Publishing proposed USERRA regulations, which explain the law and are expected
to be officially released in the fall.
USERRA protects the job rights of individuals who voluntarily or involuntarily
leave employment positions to undertake military service. The law also prohibits
employers from discriminating against past and present members of the uniformed
services and applicants to the uniformed services.