President Bush recently signed the Veterans Benefit Improvement Act (VBIA) of 2004. One of VBIA’s key provisions allows employees on military leave to continue coverage in their employer’s health plan for up to 24 months instead of 18, as before. Another key provision requires employers to annually provide employees with notice of their rights, benefits and obligations under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Employers may satisfy their notice obligations by posting the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) newly released model poster which outlines employees’ reemployment and health insurance rights, defines prohibited discrimination and retaliation, and explains the enforcement process for resolving USERRA violations. Employers are not required to utilize DOL’s model poster; however, if an employer elects to do so, the notice must be posted where the employer customarily places employment related notices for its personnel. March 10, 2005 was the deadline by which employers were required to have satisfied their notice obligations.
Download free copies of the model poster from http://www.dol.gov/vets/programs/userra/USERRA_Federal.pdf