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Revised . October, 2013. This Department of Veterans Affairs Training Series on Promising Practices for Employer Support of National Guard and Reserve Members is designed to help employers understand the importance of supporting National Guard and Reserve employees. It presents promising practices .... ID: 274158 Download Presentation

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Promising Practices for Employer Support of National Guard & Reserve Members

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October, 2013

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This Department of Veterans Affairs Training Series on Promising Practices for Employer Support of National Guard and Reserve Members is designed to help employers understand the importance of supporting National Guard and Reserve employees. It presents promising practices that could be implemented in providing effective support.

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The suggestions in this presentation are being offered in an effort to improve Veteran retention in the workplace. It is understood that not all these practices can be implemented for every organization. Some variation may be required in order to comply with each organization’s policies and procedures.

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This training refers to National Guard and Reserve members that hold a full-time civilian position while serving part-time in the Guard or Reserve. These Guard and Reserve members can be called to full-time military active duty.Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.Veteran-friendly organizations have clearly defined and supportive policies and practices in place regarding their National Guard and Reserve member employees.

Introduction

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) conducted the Veterans in the Workplace study on the retention of Veterans, including National Guard and Reserve members. The study yielded some promising practices for organizations whose employees include members of the National Guard & Reserve.

Veterans in the Workplace Study

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The promising practices described in this presentation were derived from the VA’s study and other resources regarding the following ways to support members of the National Guard & Reserve:RecruitmentPoliciesTrainingSupport During Mobilization or DeploymentFamily SupportSupport for Returning EmployeesService Recognition

National Guard & ReservePromising Practices

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Use military recruiting sites to recruit members of the Guard and Reserve, Veterans, and their family membersAttend military-focused job fairs to recruit members of the Guard and Reserve, and Veteran candidatesEncourage Veteran employees to assist in the recruiting of potential members of the Guard and Reserve, and Veteran candidatesPlace an emphasis on recruiting candidates with service-connected disabilities

Recruitment

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Have a well-defined military leave policyExample of a Military Leave Policy: www.va.gov/vetsinworkplace/docs/em_militaryLeave.html Planning for Military Leave for Employees in the Reserve and National Guard: www.va.gov/vetsinworkplace/docs/em_planLeave.htmlUse the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) website for information and resources regarding National Guard & Reserve policies: www.esgr.milEngage with ESGR state committees on Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) issues

Policies

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Educate supervisors and management on the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) USERRA Training can be found on the ESGR Website: www.esgr.milEducate supervisors and management on company military leave policies and practicesEducate the employee (and family members) on policies and benefitsUSERRA Fact Sheet can be found on the ESGR Website: ww.esgr.mil

Training

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Encourage supervisors to get to know their employees’ military commanders and supervisorsAsk for advance notice of employees’ annual military duty schedule and work out conflicts as early as possibleAssist Guard and Reserve member employees in translating their military skills into the organization’s career opportunitiesUse a tool such as the VA for VETS Military Skills Translator: https://mst.vaforvets.va.gov/mst/va/

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Provide job-protected time away from workIf possible, pay the salary difference during mobilization or deploymentContinue benefits for employee and dependents if they chooseFollow the USERRA guidelines for employee support during mobilization or deployment

Support During Mobilization or Deployment

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Maintain contact with service members & families through e-mail and care packages Have supervisors personally contact family members periodicallyInvite families to company social events and other functions Have an assistance program or affinity group for families of the employees that are called to active duty

Family Support

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Offer unpaid time off before the employee’s return to work, determined by length of mobilization or deploymentOffer flexible work arrangements during the transition periodPlace returning employee back in same position or one of similar status Reintroduce them to their job on return; provide training to bring them back up to speedProvide free legal service to returning Veterans as needed Maintain a mentorship or peer-to-peer program to provide senior management assistance and career guidance and development of Guard and Reserve members and Veteran employees

Support for Returning Employee

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Military service recognition of Guard and Reserve members and Veteran employees is a promising practice that should only be done with the employees’ consent. Some ideas for recognition are:Display a tribute in a prominent place to honor employees who are Guard and Reserve members and VeteransRecognize and publicize their dedication and commitment to your business and the nationSend company-wide emails from the CEO and upper management acknowledging and thanking employees for their service in the Guard and Reserve; encourage other employees to do the sameSend company-wide emails to announce the return of mobilized or deployed employees

Service Recognition

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The intent of ESGR’s Statement of Support program is to increase employer support by encouraging employers to act as advocates for employee participation in the military.Sign ESGR’s Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve found on their website (www.esgr.mil)Display it prominently for employees and visitors to see

ESGR’s Statement of Support

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Employers signing a Statement of Support make the following commitments to their employees:We fully recognize, honor, and enforce the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).Our managers and supervisors will have the tools they need to effectively manage those employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.We appreciate the values, leadership, and unique skills service members bring to the workforce and will encourage opportunities to hire members of the Guard and Reserve and Veterans.We will continually recognize and support our country’s service members and their families in peace, in crisis, and in war.

Support Commitment

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Resources on the ESGR website (www.esgr.mil): Tips for EmployersEmployers Frequently Asked QuestionsEmployer Resource GuideUSERRA Fact SheetResources on the Veterans Employment Toolkit (www.va.gov/vetsinworkplace):Planning for Military Leave for Employees in the Reserve and GuardExample of a Military Leave PolicyUSERRA Advanced e-Learning Course

Resources for Employers

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Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University & Corporate Gray. (2013). Veterans in the workplace final report. Washington, D.C.: Department of Veterans Affairs."Statement of Support Program." Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Employers Statement of Support. Web. 21 Mar. 2013. http://www.esgr.mil/Employers/Statement-of-Support.aspx.Bullock, Tom, Chief, Employer Outreach, DoD ESGR. Email interview. 21 Mar. 2013.

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