EEOC Updates Guidance on Employment of Veterans with Disabilities

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued a revised Guide for Employers, explaining how protections for veterans with service-connected disabilities differ between the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. Both laws protect disabled veterans from discrimination and require employers to make reasonable accommodation for disabled veterans, if necessary to perform jobs for which they are qualified. But USERRA goes further than the ADA, by requiring employers to make reasonable efforts to help veterans returning to employment to become qualified for jobs whether or not they have service-connected disabilities. This could include providing training or retraining for the position. USERRA applies to all employers, while the ADA applies to employers with 15 or more employees.