National Committee for Employer Support for Guard and Reserve (ESGR)

National Committee for Employer Support for Guard and Reserve (ESGR)


National Committee for Employer Support for Guard and Reserve (ESGR)

The ESGR provides information and support to National Guard and Reserve members and their employers. The ESGR mission is to gain and maintain active support from all public and private employers for the men and women of the National Guard and Reserve as defined by demonstrated employer commitment to employee military service.

Write ESGR: Call ESGR:
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National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

1555 Wilson Blvd, Suite 200, Arlington, VA 22209-240




Mediation and Information Services

The Ombudsmen Services Program provides information, counseling, and referral services for issues relating to compliance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). ESGR Ombudsmen Services offers informal mediation and guidance when requested to help resolve conflicts between National Guard or Reserve members and their employers. Find your local ESGR Committee for mediation or referral services.

More than 95 percent of all such requests for assistance are resolved in this informal process without requiring referral to the Department of Labor for formal investigation.

ESGR Web Site Assistance

The ESGR web site is an excellent resource for employers, employees, and ESGR volunteers that includes handbooks, tools, and guidance to assist employers with effectively satisfying all requirements by law and recognize outstanding performance. The ESGR Web site’s extensive information includes:

  • USERRA overviews
  • Employer tips
  • Sample letters and Human Resource policies
  • Forms, Handbooks, and Documentation
  • Rewards and Recognition programs such as the “Patriot Award” Certificate of Appreciation
  • Frequently-asked questions (FAQs)


Sample FAQ from ESGR:

How quickly am I required to put the returning employee back to work?

If the period of service was less than 31 days, and if the person shows up for work at 8 a.m. on the next workday, he or she must be put back on the payroll immediately. If the period of service was 31 days or more, you are required to act promptly upon the application for reemployment. This should be a matter of days, not weeks or months.

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This 30-page guide provides guidance to employers who hire National Guard service members and Reservists. Employers will gain an understanding of the USERRA Law, and an overview of the programs ESGR offers to assist employers. The guide is written in every-day language and includes answers to frequently asked questions.
  • ESGR Mission
  • Top 10 Reasons Employers Support the Guard and Reserve
  • Tips for Civilian Employers
  • ESGR Background: Who We Are
  • ESGR Ombudsman Services
  • ESGR Ombudsman Services and USERRA
  • USERRA: Facts, Questions and Answers for Employers
  • USERRA: Non-Technical Resource Guide
  • Statement of Support Certificate Order Form
  • U.S. Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service


Employed Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), April 2003
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