USERRA Return Notification to Employer
As a member of the Armed Forces, Reserves, National Guard or other uniformed services, you have some job protections when you are called into military service.
This law is called the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). It seeks to protect your civilian job and benefits when your unit is activated. It also says that you should not suffer job discrimination because you were called away to service.
Do I qualify for this benefit?
- This benefit applies to almost everyone in the uniformed services.
- It applies to all employers in the public and private sectors, including federal employers.
- It applies to military service, whether the service is voluntary or involuntary.
- It does not apply to state activation of a National Guard. But many states have similar laws that will apply.
How do I request this benefit?
- You must tell your employer, either in writing or verbally, that you are leaving because you have been called into service. Click here for a sample letter to your employer.
- When you return, you must notify your employer and tell them you would like to be reinstated. Click here for a sample letter.
Updated July 2020
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