During its Jan. 31 Day in Annapolis, where members of MD SHRM traveled to the state capital to discuss HR issues with members of the Maryland General Assembly, William Hensel, Executive Director of the Maryland Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), announced that Christine V. Walters, Director-Elect of Maryland SHRM (pictured with Hensel), had signed a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve.
According to Walters, by signing the Statement of Support, MD SHRM joins other employers in pledging that:
- We fully recognize, honor and enforce the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA).
- Our members will have the tools they need to effectively manage those employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
- We will continually recognize and support our country’s service members and their families in peace, in crises and in war.
“Today, supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units. I am asking all Maryland employers to take a look at their current human resources policies to incorporate policies supportive of Guard and Reserve employees,” said Hensel. “Many Maryland employers provide ‘Above and Beyond’ support with pay differential to offset the loss of wages, and extension of health care benefits, which complement coverage provided by the military, when their employees are mobilized.”
Hensel added, “By meeting the Statement of Support criteria, Maryland SHRM pledges to stand proudly with its Guard and Reserve employees, who continue to answer their nation’s call to defend our way of life. Their personal sacrifices are essential to the strength of our nation.”
To date, nearly 40 SHRM State Councils and over 405 SHRM Chapters have signed Statements of Support for the Guard and Reserve.