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Bureau of Human Resources
March 11, 2005


TO: All Agency/Department Heads and Human Resource Representatives
SUBJECT: Veterans Benefits Improvement Act

The Veterans Benefits Improvement Act, enacted by Congress in December 2004, requires that employers provide notice to all persons entitled to rights and benefits under Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). In summary, the USERRA protects the job rights of individuals who voluntarily or involuntarily leave employment to enter military service. The USERRA also prohibits employers from discriminating against past and present members of the uniformed services and applicants to the uniformed services.1

The notice requirement provided in the Veterans Benefits Improvement Act impacts any employee of the State of Maine who is a member of the National Guard or the Armed Forces Reserves. Employers may meet the notification requirement provided in the Veterans Benefits Improvement Act by posting the notice, provided in poster form, which can be downloaded from the website highlighted below.

The poster must be posted wherever your agency normally posts wage and hour or other mandated notices and informational bulletins such as job postings. In addition to posting the poster provided herein, agency human representatives should include a copy of the poster with the packet of materials that is distributed to employees who enter military service. Agencies should also feel free to distribute the poster in other ways that you may deem appropriate.

S/ Frank A. Johnson
Frank A. Johnson, Acting Director
Bureau of Human Resources


1 For the State’s current policy regarding military leave, please reference Civil Service Bulletin 11.16B or subsequent updates of the bulletin that may be issued in the future.