Siemens Corporation was selected to receive the 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The company was nominated by an Army Reservist with Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics of Glasgow, Delaware. Only 15 employers nationwide will be honored with the award, the DoD’s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of Guard and Reserve employees. The company was selected from more than 3,000 nominees.
The employee who nominated Siemens reported that the company started an online Veteran’s Network to share job information and advice with military employees. The company also partnered with the U.S. Army to allow soldiers to be stationed at Siemens facilities for training. When Guard and Reserve members are deployed, supervisors maintain contact with them, and the company supports their families whenever they need assistance. In 2011, Siemens pledged to hire 600 veterans – actually hiring 631 in just 3 months. The company has pledged to hire 300 more veterans in 2012.
This year’s honorees will be recognized at an event in Washington, D.C. on September 20. To learn more about the Freedom Award and this year’s recipients, visit the Freedom Award’s website.
The importance of our country’s military service members cannot be understated. As many service members are returning home, employers also should be particularly mindful of their reemployment and reinstatement obligations pursuant to USERRA.