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Support Enhancing USERRA Protections

October 23, 2016

NGAUSNational Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) strongly supports S. 3445, the USERRA Improvement Act, introduced by Senator Blumenthal of Connecticut on September 28th.  This bill contains provisions that will enhance the enforcement of employment and reemployment rights of uniformed service members.  

In particular, the USERRA Improvement Act builds on current law and offers more protections for uniformed service members whose service to our country may affect their civilian employment by:

– Expanding the right of service members to bring legal action against a State or private employer.

– Clearly indicating that employers are responsible for identifying proper reemployment positions.

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Expanding the authority of the Attorney General to independently investigate and file lawsuits for violations of USERRA.

– Allowing the United States to serve as a plaintiff in all lawsuits filed by the Attorney General.

The bill also contains language that would allow the Attorney General to issue civil investigative demands in USERRA investigations.  Use of that authority will compel those being investigated to produce any documentary material relevant to that investigation before a civil action is undertaken in State or Federal court.

Contact your Senators:  Ask them to support and co-sponsor the USERRA Improvement Act.

Link to the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) site here and Senators Schatz and Hirono an email.

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