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EEOC's New Publications on Veterans With Disabilities

The federal agency, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, recently introduced a series of new publications related to the employment of veterans with disabilities, reports the EEOC website.

The new EEOC guides are necessary due to certain changes related to the Americans with Disabilities Act in 2008. The changes made it easier for vets with certain impairments — like traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder — to get reasonable accommodations. Many veterans that come back from Iraq and Afghanistan require help with PTSD accommodation.

The Guide for Wounded Veterans helps answers questions about service-related disabilities.

Helping employers to understand veterans' employment issues is very important.

Over the last ten years, three million veterans have returned from military service and another one million are expected to return over the course of the next five years, reports the EEOC.

In addition to the new guides for veterans with disabilities, there are other laws that apply to military service members. One of the most important laws that cover military service employees is the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). It protects from discrimination those individuals leave a job for U.S. military service.

The USERRA prohibits employers from simply reinstating service members into the same position they served in prior to entering the military. Instead, the employer must establish the appropriate position by determining what position the employee would have been in if continuously employed during military service.

In other words, there is an assortment of laws and regulations that employers have to take into account with veterans, including PTSD accommodation, and it is best to speak to a local attorney when facing questions or challenges in this area.

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