Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act

This treatise provides comprehensive coverage of the full scope of USERRA and the complicated issues involved with its application and enforcement. Edited by experienced practitioners who have represented both employers and employees, it provides a balanced view of the issues.

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Fully understand the complexities of USERRA requirements

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)—the federal act governing military leave and discrimination/retaliation issues resulting from military service—covers every employer in the United States. This treatise provides a comprehensive analysis of USERRA’s breadth, and discusses the myriad complicated issues involved with the Act's application and enforcement. Highlights covered include: 

  • A history of USERRA and its predecessors
  • Coverage of employers and employees under USERRA
  • Leave entitlements and the requirements placed on both employers and employees regarding leave requests
  • Issues of leave scheduling and notice requirements
  • Pay and benefits when an employee is taking a leave of absence under USERRA
  • Healthcare and non-healthcare benefits that a returning employee is entitled to receive
  • Discrimination and retaliation rights
  • Remedies and enforcement mechanisms
  • USERRA’s relationship with other statutes, both on the federal and state level



  • Brief History of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act

  • USERRA Coverage Issues

  • Leave Entitlements Under USERRA

  • Scheduling Leaves and Providing Leave Notice

  • Pay and Benefits During Leave

  • Reinstatement Rights and Obligations

  • Pay and Non-Healthcare Benefit Issues Upon Reinstatement of Employment

  • USERRA and Health Care Benefits

  • Interrelationship with Other Laws and Employer Practices

  • Discrimination, Retaliation, and Harassment

  • Enforcement, Remedies, and Other Issues Under USERRA

  • Appendices/Table of Cases/Index


Bloomberg BNA authors and editors are practicing professionals with insider perspectives and real-life experience. Learn more about this book’s authors and editors.
George R. Wood is a shareholder at Littler Mendelson P.C., Minneapolis, MN, where he represents employers and focuses his practice on discrimination and other employment litigation.

Ossai Miazad is a partner and Co-Chair of the Discrimination and Retaliation Group at Outten & Golden LLP, New York, NY, where she represents employees in all areas of employment law.


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This text is a valuable tool for human relations personnel, judge advocates, employers, employees, and attorneys. USERRA is a recognition of the importance of military service to the nation, and provides a balance of employer and employee interest when that service comes into play. This book is an excellent guide to this important legislation.

Gary R. Brown

The Colorado Lawyer (Aug. 2011)

This is a valuable resource for employers who have large numbers of military leaves to manage. It is also useful for practitioners who need to help employers when this subject comes up. The state law survey brings this title home for everyone.

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