On August 16, 2012, President Obama signed H.R. 3670 into law, amending the Aviation and Transportation Security Act to require that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).
In the wake of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Congress established TSA as a way to strengthen security for U.S. air travelers. However, in an effort to quickly mobilize the thousands of transportation security officers (TSOs) employed by TSA, Congress made TSO employees a special class of employees vital to national security, and exempted them from certain employment laws, including USERRA. Now, with the enactment of this new law requiring TSA comply with USERRA, TSA employees will be protected from termination if they volunteer for, or called to duty in, the uniformed services.
The Employment Law Group® law firm has an extensive veterans rights’ practice and has published a guide for protecting employees covered by USERRA entitled “Litigating Claims Under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act”.