Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Legal Alert: USERRA Expanded to Include Hostile Work Environment Claims

Ford & Harrison Legal Alert
J. Evans, Terry Price

Executive Summary: On November 21, 2011, President Obama signed into law the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. The new law contains three main provisions: (1) amends and expands the protections under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA); (2) amends the Internal Revenue Code to provide certain tax credits to tax-exempt companies that hire unemployed veterans; and (3) creates new and expanded education, training, and transition programs for veterans within the federal Departments of Labor and Veterans Affairs. The first provisions of the new law (amendment to USERRA) may make it easier for employees (including former, part-time and probationary employees) to sue their employers for discrimination related to their military status.

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1 comment:

Fowl Ideas said...

If you're really serious about eliminating "hostile work environments" you'll have to firmly grab that third rail of politics: the American Family.

Bigots, batterers, and bullies are usually raised that way and anyone who refuses to admit it is only perpetuating the problem.