EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION
ADVISORY SYSTEM
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Washington, D. C. 20210

CLASSIFICATION

Dislocated Workers

CORRESPONDENCE SYMBOL

OAS

ISSUE DATE

November 30, 2001

RESCISSIONS

 

EXPIRATION DATE

Continuing

DIRECTIVE

:

TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT GUIDANCE LETTER NO. 08-01

 

TO

:

ALL STATE WORKFORCE LIAISONS
ALL STATE WORKER ADJUSTMENT LIAISONS
ALL STATE WORKFORCE AGENCIES
ALL ONE-STOP CENTER SYSTEM LEADS

 

FROM

:

EMILY STOVER DeROCCO
Assistant Secretary

 

SUBJECT

:

Information Related to Reservists Called to Duty

 

  1. Purpose. To transmit information regarding businesses and individuals affected by the activation of reservists in the U.S. Armed Forces.

  2. Background. The events of September 11, 2001, created some new issues for employment and training programs serving American businesses and current and future workers. The Employment and Training Administration is working with state and local partners to identify policy changes and share best practices. Please continue to forward any questions or suggestions to regional staff so that the information may be shared in future communications.

  3. Assistance for Employers and Employees/Reservists. The website for the National Committee of Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is www.esgr.org. Information posted on the site includes: The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA); questions and answers for employers and employees; tips for employers of those who serve in the National Guard; and a Military Leave of Absence Record Form (www.esgr.org/forms/leaveofabsence.pdf). Additional information can be located at www.dol.gov/vets.

    Local ombudsmen trained to answer questions and provide mediation assistance are available by calling 1-800-336-4590. Situations that are complex or beyond the scope of informal resolution are immediately referred to the U.S. Department of Labor Veterans' Employment and Training Service and state contacts are listed on the ESGR website.

  4. Information About WIA and Reservists. Inherent in the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 is much of the flexibility needed to ensure that temporary disruptions in periods of participation for those reservists activated for service are met with long-term encouragement and support for job seeking and training endeavors. State and local areas may want to exercise the flexibility available to them within the framework of the act and the regulations to make further policy decisions that make additional resources available to reservists.

  5. Action Required. States should provide this guidance to the appropriate staff.

  6. Inquiries. Direct questions regarding this guidance to the appropriate Regional Staff.