TITLE

Veterans' Employment Rights: Keeping in Step With USERRA's Legion of Changes

AUTHOR(S)
Piscitelli, Kathryn S.
PUB. DATE
July 1995
SOURCE
Labor Law Journal;Jul95, Vol. 46 Issue 7, p387
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Sweeping changes to civilian employment and reemployment rights of veterans and reservists were made by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA). Signed into law October 13, 1994, USERRA comprehensively overhauled previous veterans' reemployment legislation, replacing the former statute's seven sections 2 with 21 new ones. In so doing, it made numerous substantive and procedural modifications. It also codified prevailing case law and clarified previously existing rights and obligations. Included among USERRA's numerous changes are revised reemployment prerequisites, revamped job placement requirements, provision for COBRA-like health benefit continuation during military service, expands pension benefit rights, greater protection from discrimination and retaliation, stronger Department of Labor enforcement; provision for federal employees to receive representation by the Office of Special Counsel in MSPB and appellate proceedings and increased remedies, including liquidated damages and attorney and expert witness fees.
ACCESSION #
9509113506

 

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