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What to do if an employee is called to active duty

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With the number of international conflicts in recent years, many military members employed in civilian industries have had to leave their posts to enter active duty. This can be difficult to manage for owners of small businesses, but Inc. Magazine has provided tips that these business owners may find useful if they employ military personnel.

One important step is knowing the laws regarding military employees. According to the source, key facts employers should know is they must inform the military employee of their rights, ensure they can reemploy the worker after they return, should that occur within five years, and continue to provide health coverage for up to two years, if applicable.

Errors in this process and not adhering to these regulations could result in legal problems for a company which can be devastating, particularly if they don't have employment practices liability insurance coverage.

Developing a policy to deal with employees being called into active military duty before it happens can also be beneficial, the source suggests. A clear set of instructions that all employees are informed of could streamline the process for military employees.

Finally, the source says employers should be prepared to readjust in the event an employee is called into active duty. Having a plan in place beforehand can reduce stress and may allow the employer to spend more energy showing support and encouragement to their departing employee.  

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