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Returning reservists may require special handling.

This story appears in the May 2004 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

With many servicemen and servicewomen going back to work fromtheir reservist duties, employers must work hard to make thetransition as positive as possible--and to avoid any discriminationthat would fall under the Uniform Services Employment andReemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA). By law, employers mustprovide the same or equivalent position to returning reservistswithout a loss of benefits. "[Reservists] just spent months ina war zone," says Alan C. Guarino, CEO and president ofCornell Group International, a staffing service inNewburgh, New York. "Employers need to be cognizant of theacclimation they have to go through."

Yet statistics show many employers aren't as cognizant asthey should be. There were 1,315 complaints filed with theDepartment of Labor from National Guardsmen and reservists infiscal 2003 regarding discrimination; in 2001, there were 900complaints.

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