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Amendments to USERRA Create Additional Responsibilities for Employers

By Richard I. Greenberg
  • February 15, 2005

The Veterans Benefits Improvement Act of 2004 amends portions of the 1994 Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, providing reemployment protection and other benefits for veterans and employees who perform military services. The new act contains two requirements of particular importance for employers.

First, the new act extends the maximum coverage period of employer-sponsored health care for USERRA-covered employees from 18 to 24 months (Section 201). Second, the new act requires employers to provide employees with notice of their rights, benefits and obligations under USERRA (Section 203). Posting the notice of USERRA rights where other employee notices customarily are posted will satisfy the requirement. The required language for the notice is to be made available to employers by the Secretary of Labor before this requirement goes into effect on March 10, 2005.

For more information on the Veterans Benefits Improvement Act of 2004, please contact the Jackson Lewis attorney with whom you regularly work, or one of the firm's veterans employment rights specialists.

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