The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), enacted October 1994 and significantly updated in 1996 and 1998, provides job protection and rights of reinstatement to employees who participate in the National Guard and Reserve.
The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, operates programs directed toward U.S. employers, employees, and communities to ensure understanding of the role of Reserve component members. ESGR encourages development of employer policies and practices to facilitate employee participation in the Reserve components through a network of 4,500 volunteers in 54 local ESGR Committees.
The ESGR Ombudsman program provides "third party assistance" and informal mediation services to employers and members of the National Guard and Reserve. It works in conjunction with the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS), U.S. Department of Labor. Volunteer members are trained by ESGR and VETS to provide assistance in the resolution of employment conflicts that can result from military membership, training, or other service requirements protected under USERRA. To reach your local ESGR Committee for information or assistance, contact the NCESGR website at www.esgr.mil, call NCESGR toll-free, at 1-800-336-4590, or call your local National Guard or Reserve unit The information provided herein should not be considered legal authority. Rather, it is provided as general information about USERRA .