• DOL Revises USERRA Notice Poster
  • January 5, 2006 | Author: John C. Lowrie
  • Law Firm: Ford & Harrison LLP - Denver Office
  • The Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act of 2004 (VBIA) required employers to provide notice to all employees of their rights under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). USERRA provides employment and reemployment rights for members of the uniformed services, including veterans and members of the Reserve and National Guard. USERRA also prohibits employers from discriminating against these individuals in employment because of their military service.

    The VBIA also required the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to make the text of the required notice available to employers. The DOL published the text of the notice on its web site on March 10, 2005, as required by the Act, but accepted comments on the notice for ninety days. In response to certain comments, the DOL has revised the contents of the notice poster by stating that USERRA may apply to certain National Disaster Medical System personnel. Because this service is the only USERRA-covered service not contained in USERRA itself and, as a result, may be overlooked, the DOL modified the text of the notice to include this service.

    This change is separate from the new USERRA regulations. The latest version of the poster for state and private employers is available at the following website: http://www.dol.gov/vets/programs/userra/USERRA_Private.pdf.