The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), amended the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) on January 1, 2008. The NDAA is one of several laws that obligate employers to provide special protections to employees who are members of the Armed Forces. The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), is another such law offering similar, but not identical protections to employees who serve in the uniformed services.
In these times, military service is a reality for many employers who must navigate the labyrinth-like leave laws. Employers also want to provide their employees with the support they need to transition successfully and safely between the workplace and active duty. We’ve posted before about some of the many resources and services offered by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), each of which is marketed towards a specific audience.
Yet another resource provided by the DOL is specifically designed for military spouses and the special employment challenges they face as a result of their marital ties to the military. MilSpouse.org is an online library for military spouse employment, education, and relocation information. The DOL provides links to employment-related information and other resources for military spouses and military families. The site is a collaborative project between the DOL’s Women’s Bureau, the Employment and Training Administration, and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, in cooperation with the Department of Defense.
A few examples of the many resources include:
- Information on portable career fields and options available with them;
- Career Center database of hundreds of thousands of jobs, scholarships, and training opportunities;
- Access to the DOD’s website, Military HOMEFRONT, which offers information on Quality of Life.
These are just a few of the resources available, all designed to assist troops and their families. Provide your military employees with free access to a number of resources by referring them to this website. Your employees will thank you!