Local WRS Employers
Vol. 22, Local E
April 5, 2005
Veterans Benefits Improvement Act Amends Rights and Duties
The Veterans Benefits Improvement Act of 2004 [Pub. Law 108-454
(Dec. 10, 2004)] placed new responsibilities on employers through
amendments to the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment
Rights Act (USERRA). These amendments, intended to increase protection
of the employment rights of individuals who leave employment positions
to undertake military service, include:
- A requirement that every employer provide employees with a notice
of the “rights, benefits, and obligations” of employees
and employers under USERRA.
- An increase, from 18 to 24 months, in the maximum length of
time that employers must offer existing employer sponsored health
insurance to employees (and their dependents) serving in the military.
As specified in the U. S. Department of Labor (DOL) Interim Final
Rule [RIN 1293-AA14 published March 10, 2005], “Employers
may provide the notice by posting it where employee notices are
customarily placed. However, employers are free to provide the notice
to employees in other ways that will minimize costs while ensuring
that the full text of the notice is provided (e.g., by handing or
mailing out the notice, or distributing the notice via electronic
one page notice is attached.
Final Rule is available.
Employers with questions should contact ETF’s Employer Communication
Center at (608) 264-7900.