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In today's national security environment, the nation relies heavily on the Reserve and Guard.  Increased reliance on our Citizen Warriors drives a greater need for service members in the Reserve Components and their employers to better understand the basic laws that apply to both of them.  Each has duties and responsibilities.  The Service Members Law Center provides resources, links and information on the laws governing the service member/employer relationship. The SMLC does not accept clients nor engage in the practice of law.  This site includes more than 1,500 law reviews on areas of law affecting citizen warriors. These Law Reviews are available here in pdf format. organized chronologically and by subject index. As a service to all serving Citizen Warriors, the Service Members Law Center has compiled individual states' laws concerning military leave for public employees.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)

ESGR is a Department of Defense program whose mission is to inform and educate service members and their civilian employers regarding their rights and responsibilities under USERRA.  ESGR does not enforce USERRA, but serves as a neutral, free resource for employers and service members.

Department of Labor, Veterans Employment & Training Service

VETS provides assistance to those persons experiencing service connected problems with their civilian employment and provides information about USERRA to employers. VETS also assists veterans who have questions regarding Veterans' Preference.  For more information and to determine whether your USERRA rights have been violated, please visit the USERRA Advisor.

Department of Justice –Service Members and Veterans Initiative

The United States Department of Justice’s Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative is a guidance resource for current and former members of the military, military family members, legal practitioners who serve the military community, and the general public.  Here, servicemembers, veterans, and their family members will find information about the federal laws that protect their rights. 

American Bar Association Home Front

ABA Home Front, on, includes online legal information and a national directory of contact information for state and local pro bono and lawyer referral programs.

Five Things to Know About USERRA
The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act is a federal law that gives Reservists and Guardsmen the right to return to their preservice job after deployment. CAPT Samuel Wright, USN (Ret.), simplifies this complex law in this short video.
Basics of the Uniformed Services Employment & Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), from its inception in 1940 as part of Selective Training and Service Act.
   • USERRA Basics (powerpoint)

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