Employers Must Hold Citizen-Soldier Jobs For Longer Deployments - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Employers Must Hold Citizen-Soldier Jobs For Longer Deployments

CLEVELAND (AP) - Some companies say they'll have a tough time
holding jobs open for military reservists and National Guard
members now that the military has abandoned its two-year limit on
the amount of time citizen-soldiers can be required to spend in
Iraq or Afghanistan.

A 1994 federal law, enacted after veterans of the first Gulf War
returned home to unemployment, prohibits employers from
discriminating against workers called to active duty.

Ohio employers say they won't stop hiring military members, but
frequent deployments are hard on business.

According to the U-S Labor Department, Ohio had 67 complaints
last year by reservists and National Guard members who say they
illegally lost jobs, pay or benefits because they were deployed to
Iraq or Afghanistan.

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