A reader asks a question. Her business employs a Reservist who will be gone for two weeks doing military training. The employer understands it needs to give him his time off. But, does the business also need to pay him his salary during his absence?
Good question. No, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) only requires that leave be extended, not salary or pay. The federal government and some local governments continue to pay the salary during the military leave as an example to private businesses. But, continuing the pay is not required. For more information, see the DOL USERRA Fact Sheet.