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Uniformed Services Employment & Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA)

Legal guide to USERRA

ABOUT THIS GUIDE

This site aims to address the basics of USERRA for veterans. It does not aim to be an in-depth discussion of all issues involving USERRA, nor does it intend to provide legal advice. The site covers the following areas:

  • Who Is Protected by USERRA?

  • What Rights do Veterans Have Under USERRA?

  • How Can Veterans Enforce Their USERRA Rights?

  • How Does the Enforcement Process Work?

  • What Remedies Are Available?

  • Where Can Veterans Find More Information and Assistance?

INTRODUCTION

USERRA, Public Law 103-353, 108 Stat. 3149, 38 U.S.C. §§ 4301 - 4333, is a federal law which gives members and former members of the U.S. armed forces, both active and reserve, the right to go back to a civilian job they held before military service. This 1994 law completely overhauled and replaced previous legislation involving reemployment rights. The Act expanded employment rights, widened protection from discrimination and retaliation, extended to employers a duty to accommodate persons with service connected disabilities, and increased both enforcement and remedies available under the prior law.