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Working with Vets, Military Members & Military Families

Creating a welcoming environment for Veterans and Military members doesn't take much effort - but it does take some thoughtful planning. Retaining a Veteran or Military member in the civilian workforce is not all that different than retaining other top talent. The information at this site provides promising practices and other resources that will assist supervisors and managers in successfully retaining talented Veterans and Military members.

Frequently Asked Questions

Review the Working with Vets, Military Members & Military Families FAQs to find answers to questions related to the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act (USERRA).
Employers & Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)
the Employers & Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve component members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment. This site provides best practices and tips for managing a members of the Guard and Reserve.
Employing Military Personnel and Recruiting Veterans
This Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) survey examined attitudes and practices that affect the employment of Veterans and Military Personnel.

Tips for Employers of Guard and Reserve Members

  • View suggested tips for employers of Guard and Reserve Members
    Here are some suggestions on how you can help:
    • Learn more about the role of the National Guard and Reserve. Attend open houses and public functions at local military units. Talk about the National Guard and Reserve with military and civilian leaders in your community. Ask your employees what they do and how they fit into the “big picture” of national defense.
    • Get to know your employees’ military commanders and supervisors. Ask them to provide you with advance notice of your employee’s annual military duty schedule and work out conflicts as early as possible.
    • Examine your personnel policies to see how they accommodate and support participation in the National Guard or Reserve. For example, do they include provisions for military leave of absence (exclusive of earned vacation time); do they ensure job opportunities and benefits equivalent to those of other employees?
    • Get your entire organization to promote your support of the National Guard and Reserve.
    Explain your position and address concerns as they may arise.
    • Encourage employee participation in the National Guard and Reserve. Recognize and publicize their dedication and commitment to your business and the nation. Apply the training they receive from military duty. Your employees’ service in the National Guard and Reserve enhances their job performance and value to your organization.
    • Discuss with your employees their service requirements before problem situations arise and keep an open dialogue to prevent them.
    • Seek assistance from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). Call 1-800-336-4590 to speak with an ombudsman. Ombudsmen serve as confidential, neutral liaisons for employers and employees who seek assistance or clarification regarding their rights and responsibilities.
    • For more detailed information about specific employment rights and responsibilities, this Web site is a great resource and includes a detailed section on the Uniformed Services Employment Rights and Responsibilities Act.
    • Don’t hesitate to call upon your employees’ military commander or supervisor if you have a question or concern. They face some of the same challenges you do in their business and know that it is in everyone’s best interest to work together. Quite often, they can offer alternatives to meet individual needs. By taking a more active role in supporting the members of the National Guard and Reserve that work for you, you’ll improve the   quality of life for all your employees, you’ll directly enhance the success of your organization, and    you’ll provide an invaluable service to the nation.
    • Become an ESGR volunteer! Many ESGR volunteers are employers just like you. Volunteering with ESGR is a great way to show your support for your National Guard and Reserve employees while benefiting other employers just like you!
    • Join thousands of employers by signing a Statement of Support for the National Guard and Reserve.