Though the terms cannot be disclosed, a recent settlement with a returning Wisconsin National Guardsman who was fired from his civilian job is reported to amount to several years' worth of salary.

Michael Hanke was terminated by Com Tek, a defense contractor, when he returned from active duty in 2010. Somehow, the U.S. Army, which contracts with Com Tek, is on the hook for the settlement because its actions apparently resulted in his termination.

Employers, if you have service members or reserves in your employ, you must remember that their employment upon return from active duty is protected under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).

Personnel Concepts offers assistance in complying with this program in its USERRA Military Leave Compliance Program. Get your copy today.