December 3, 2011

USERRA Expanded to Recognize Hostile Work Environments

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) was enacted to ensure continuation of benefits, including health insurance and pension, as well as reemployment and reinstatement rights to individuals called to military duty.  The law applies to all public and private employers, regardless of size.  On November 21, 2011, President Obama signed the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act (Public Law 112-56).  Similar to current Title VII protections, this law amends USERRA to provide further employment protection against hostile work environments by prohibiting discrimination with respect to any of the terms, conditions or privileges of employment. 


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