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Uncertainty During a Time of Civil Unrest – Preparing for Employees’ Military Leave Under USERRA - On-Demand

Uncertainty During a Time of Civil Unrest – Preparing for Employees’ Military Leave Under USERRA - On-Demand

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Uncertainty During a Time of Civil Unrest – Preparing for Employees’ Military Leave Under USERRA - On-Demand

Webinar now available On-Demand.


WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: You will be provided with a working knowledge of USERRA that should enable you to understand both an employee’s rights and an employer’s responsibilities under the Act permitting you to spot issues and apply USERRA’s provisions to avoid violating the Act.



In early June 2020, a record 74,000 National Guard troops were engaged in domestic operations at their governors’ direction, including 39,400 responding to the COVID-19 crisis and more than 31,000 activated in 31 states and the District of Columbia dealing with civil disturbances. Another 28,000 were deployed worldwide. Occupation continues to grow in states and cities where civil unrest is still occurring. If an employer has an employee serving in the Guard or another branch of the military, now is a good time to review and prepare for military-related leave and reemployment under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and any applicable state laws.

USERRA’s reach is broad. It covers not only those serving in the U.S. Army and other branches of the federal armed forces but also persons in “service in a uniformed service,” which includes full-time Guard duty. And although the law doesn’t require employers to provide paid time off to perform the duty, it does prohibit employers from treating persons in such service less favorably than employees who need leave for other reasons. Evaluating an employee's military service and return to work is fact-specific. When employers are faced with such a situation, they should carefully apply USERRA's guidelines.

This webinar will provide you with a working knowledge of USERRA  that should enable you to understand both an employee’s rights and an employer’s responsibilities under the Act permitting you to spot issues and apply USERRA’s provisions to avoid violating the Act.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand employee rights under USERRA and what obligations an employer has to any employee while he/she is away and upon his/her return from service.
  • Recognize how much prior notice and what kind of documentation employees are required to provide to their employer under USERRA when they are called up for duty.
  • Know what information they will need to determine how to calculate the 5-year cumulative period of service under USERRA.
  • Apply the leave extensions described in USERRA if an employee is injured in the course of duty.
  • Know what job and at what pay rate the returning employee is entitled to and if there are any exceptions to the right of reemployment according to USERRA.

About Your Presenters

Stephen GeeStephen Gee

Stephen Gee is an experienced management-side employment and labor law attorney who has defended and advised private and public employers in federal and state courts across the United States. Stephen is an expert in Michigan’s Paid Medical Leave Act and also at advising multi-state employers on how to structure their leave policies to comply with numerous states varied leave laws.

Gregory MurrayGregory Murray

Gregory Murray has over 40 years of experience in employment and labor law litigation and counseling for public and private sector employers. Among other specialties, Greg has written about, lectured on and has for years advised employers on properly administering military leave and other USERRA issues. Greg brings a special expertise to his role as a labor and employment law attorney given his previous years of experience as a manager in the private sector.