What Services are Covered by USERRA?


When called up for military service, the last thing you want to worry about is whether or not you will have employment at the end of your military assignment. Fortunately, the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act signed by former President Bill Clinton in 1994, guarantees military service personnel specific employment rights. The act not only covers involuntary service, but also voluntary service during peacetime, as well as wartime.

USERRA remains an extremely important issue for men and women serving in the Armed Services around the world. For those who have been subjected to employment discrimination, a qualified USERRA lawyer, like those at The Cochran Firm South Florida are prepared to evaluate such a case and determine the next possible steps to be taken.

Three Purposes of USERRA

Encouraging non-career military service was USERRA’s basic purpose when enacted on October 13, 1994. The act made it easier for participants to enter and remain in the civilian work force while in uniform. Other purposes of USERRA include:

  • Increasing civilian participation in the Armed Services
  • Minimizing disruption of uniformed service members’ lives
  • Prohibiting employment discrimination against service members

Sweeping USERRA Coverage of Military Personnel

The service personnel covered under USERRA include the following branches:

  • Army
  • Navy
  • Marine Corps
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard
  • Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
  • Army and Air National Guard, when called to federal service (known as Title 10 status)

Types of Duties Covered Under USERRA

While serving our country, military personnel perform many types of duties and most all are covered under USERRA. Some of those include:

  • Active duty
  • Active duty for training
  • Inactive duty training – including drills
  • Initial active duty training
  • Funeral honors duty performed by National Guard and reserve members
  • Examination to determine fitness to perform any such duty
  • Certain disaster response work and training

Your questions about USERRA may involve extensive research. If you feel your employer has possibly violated your rights, please contact the experienced USERRA attorneys at The Cochran Firm Florida.