On Wednesday, December 8th, the United States Department of Labor and Department of Justice signed a Memorandum of Understanding to reaffirm their commitment to administer and enforce protection afforded to military service members’ and veterans’ employment rights by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) of 1994. USERRA is federal legislation that establishes the rights and responsibilities of uniformed service members and their civilian employees.
The memorandum renews the commitment between the department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service and the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. According to Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy for Veterans’ Employment and Training, James Rodriguez, the two departments have worked for a long time to protect service members’ and veterans’ employment rights and reemployment rights under the USERRA.
He noted that the memorandum of understanding further cements the Labor Department’s long-standing relationship with the Department of Justice to ensure that service members and veterans fully comprehend their rights and obligations under the law. Rodriguez said that both departments would continue acting swiftly if and when the said rights are infringed upon to make those affected whole.
Protecting workers’ rights is quite essential as employers often find ways to cheat employees of their deserving benefits. One way employers do this is by withholding workers’ compensation from employees who suffer an injury or contract an illness in the line of duty. Another way business owners cheat their workers is by classifying full-time staff as independent contractors to avoid being responsible for any injury or illness.
Workers who find themselves being denied their work injury compensation can take legal action against the erring employer. Taking action means hiring a competent Florida workers’ compensation lawyer. At Work Injury Rights, we have the legal knowledge and experience to help protect your rights. Contact us today.