Blanchard & Walker Weekly

Topic of the Week  Military Leave and Other Protections

With Veteran's Day approaching, we're taking a look at the legal accommodations available for those in the workforce who still have an obligation to the U.S. military.

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) ensures that those serving their country can retain their civilian employment and benefits, and can seek employment free from discrimination based on their service. The USERRA also protects military members who must temporarily leave their job due to activation of service. 

Q: Are all individuals activated for military service eligible for reemployment?
A: Generally, the individual must meet these five conditions to be eligible for reemployment under USERRA.

Q: What happens to my job while I am on military leave?
A: When you return from military service, you must be reemployed into the your previous position along with the same seniority, status, pay and benefits. Learn more here.

Thought of the Week

"Over 200,000 veterans enter the workforce each year."


Weekly Comic by Jerry King

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      Federal Court Orders Notice to Alro Steel Employees in Nationwide Overtime Lawsuit

      Blanchard & Walker sent the court approved notice to 2500+ Alro Steel employees who may have a right to seek recover for off-the-clock uncompensated time at Alro Steel facilities throughout the country. Federal District Court Judge Murphy for the Eastern District of Michigan, granted conditional certification and ordered notice of FLSA rights to opt-in for current and former warehouse employees of Alro Steel Corporation. (more…)

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      On March 3, 2022, President Biden signed the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault & Sexual Harassment Act. This law is one significant step forward in the fight to end arbitration contracts that deny access to the Courts for violations of fundamental workplace rights.

      For far too long, countless survivors, workers, and consumers have been silenced by forced arbitration. (more…)


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