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Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)

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Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)

ESGR is a Department of Defense agency with a mission to promote a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees by recognizing outstanding employer support, increasing awareness of the law and resolving conflicts through mediation.

Who is ESGR?

ESGR, a Department of Defense office, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment. ESGR is supported by a network of more than 4,900 volunteers in 54 committees located across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Volunteers, hailing from small business and industry, government, education and prior military service bring a vast wealth of experience to assist in serving employers, service members and their families. Together with Headquarters ESGR staff and a small cadre of support staff for each State Committee, volunteers work to promote and enhance employer support for military service in the Guard and Reserve.

ESGR has served our country for more than 40 years, fostering a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. These citizen warriors could not defend and protect us at home and abroad without the continued promise of meaningful civilian employment for themselves and their families. ESGR has continued to adapt to meet the needs of Reserve Component members, their families and America’s employers by joining forces with a network of other national, state and local government and professional trade organizations as together, We All Serve!

How ESGR Can Help?

ESGR understands the unique talents and skill set Guard and Reserve Service members can bring to the civilian workforce. To make this arrangement work, both parties must be aware of their rights and responsibilities under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). ESGR is here to help! With an ESGR committee in each state, territory and the District of Columbia, there is an ESGR representative able to help you forge a stronger bond with your supervisor through a greater understanding of your military service.

As part of our outreach efforts, ESGR offers employer programs such as Bosslifts, employer briefings and job fairs in our local area. There are ways to say “thanks for your military service,” and ways to say “thanks for your support.” ESGR offers a Statement of Support program where employers can sign a pledge to support the military service of their employees. Simultaneously, ESGR offers a progressive awards program so you can nominate a supportive supervisor or employer for support that goes above and beyond what is required by law.

Our hope is by creating a culture in which all American employers value the military service of their employees, we will limit any issues between employers and service members. When issues do arise, ESGR offers free, neutral mediation and information on what the law requires.

For more information, check out ESGR's website.

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