Marine reservist sues State Street affiliate after return from duty

A senior executive at a Quincy financial services firm part-owned by State Street Corp. is suing the company for alleged discrimination upon his return from active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/news/2014/01/06/quincy-boston-financial-data-services.html … [Read more...]

Postal Service ordered to reinstate GI, potentially pay millions in back pay, fees

A federal board has again ordered the U.S. Postal Service to reinstate a National Guardsman wrongly fired from his job as a postal worker because he took military leave, telling the agency to pay him what could add up to millions in back pay, benefits and legal fees. http://www.stripes.com/news/postal-service-ordered-to-reinstate-gi-potentially-pay-millions-in-back-pay-fees-1.260486 … [Read more...]

Businesses must hire more vets

Two years ago, [Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden] launched Joining Forces, a nationwide campaign to rally all Americans to support our veterans and military families. We did this for two simple reasons: because we were both awed by the courage and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform who risk their lives every day to protect our values and keep us safe. We were also awed by their families, the spouses and children who serve right along with them, enduring deployment after deployment with … [Read more...]

President appoints Military Experts CEO to National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force

The White House has announced that President Obama appointed MilitaryExperts CEO and retired Marine Corps Lieutenant General Dennis McCarthy as a member of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force.  The commission was created by Congress to study the current structure of the Air Force to determine whether, and how, the structure should be modified to best fulfill mission requirements for the Air Force in a manner consistent with available … [Read more...]

From Front Line To Unemployment Line

... Everyone says they want to hire veterans. Big U.S. firms have pledged through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to hire more than 200,000 over the next five years. Congress has delivered tax credits worth as much as $5,600 to any business willing to hire an unemployed veteran and $9,600 if the vet is disabled. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/after-decade-of-war-troops-still-struggling-to-find-work/2013/03/19/f064a0ba-8810-11e2-98a3-b3db6b9ac586_story.html?hpid=z1 … [Read more...]

Lawmakers Troubled By Reserve Jobless Rates

With an unemployment rate as high as 50 percent for some National Guard and Reserve units returning from deployment, lawmakers are worried that it's not just the troops who are suffering — national security is taking a hit as well. http://www.armytimes.com/news/2013/03/military-reserve-unemployment-031413w/ … [Read more...]

Banks Find More Wrongful Foreclosures Among Military Members

The nation’s biggest banks wrongfully foreclosed on more than 700 military members during the housing crisis and seized homes from roughly two dozen other borrowers who were current on their mortgage payments, findings that eclipse earlier estimates of the improper evictions. http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/03/03/banks-find-more-wrongful-foreclosures-among-military-members/ … [Read more...]

Wanted: Military vets for good management jobs

Corporations are actively recruiting young veterans from infantry ranks and elsewhere for management or team-leading positions, according to a survey of Fortune 1000 companies to be published in G.I. Jobs Magazine. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/03/06/military-veterans-top-jobs/1954435/ … [Read more...]

Recent USERRA case

By Dennis McCarthy Since 2001, over 800,000 members of the National Guard and Reserves have been called to active duty – some more than once.  Most served overseas, some at bases and stations in the U.S.  Some were called “involuntarily” and some volunteered for active duty assignments. The one fact that ties all of these men and women together is that, if they were employed at the time the left for military duty, they were covered by a Federal law known as the Uniformed … [Read more...]

Judge awards attorney fees in National Guard case

A federal judge Thursday awarded $457,252 in fees and other costs to the attorneys of a Washington National Guard sergeant who earlier this year was awarded $485,000 by a jury that found that she was fired from her job at Catholic Community Services of Western Washington because of a pending deployment to Iraq. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2018887090_verdict10m.html … [Read more...]