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Section 206 of the Congressional Accountability
Act (CAA) applies certain rights and protections of the Uniformed
Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA)
to covered employees. USERRA protects employees performing service
in the uniformed
services from discrimination
and provides certain rights to reemployment and benefits upon the
completion of military service.
In general, an employing office may not deny
initial employment, reemployment, retention in employment, promotion,
or any benefit of employment to an eligible employee on the basis
of the employee's service in the uniformed services. Service in
the uniformed services includes the Armed Forces (active and reserve),
the National Guard, the Public Health Service, or any other category
designated by the President during time of war.
An employee who leaves work to serve in the uniformed
services has rights to reemployment
and to certain benefits
when he or she returns to their employer after their service obligation.
There are certain limitations
and conditions applied to reemployment rights. In addition,
the employee must not have left the uniformed service with less
than an honorable discharge, and must give adequate notice to
his or her employer (if possible) before leaving for duty.