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USERRA: Massachusetts, XpertHR Employment Law Manual

June 2014

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) is a federal law that provides leave rights for public and private employees with US or state military obligations. Massachusetts law provides some additional protections for members of the Armed Forces Reserve, which apply when they provide greater benefits than USERRA. Massachusetts law prohibits discrimination in initial employment, reemployment, retention, promotion, or any benefit of employment because a person is a member of, applies to perform, or has an obligation to perform service in a uniformed military service of the US or the National Guard. Public employees are entitled to receive regular paid leave for certain military tours of duty. Employees who are veterans are entitled to a leave, with or without pay, to participate in a Veterans’ Day or Memorial Day exercise, parade, or service in their community.

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