The Greater Miami SHRM (GMSHRM) seized an opportunity to educate HR professionals on the special needs of the thousands of veterans returning to the workforce and the benefits available to their employers. GMSHRM offered a diversity and inclusion workshop entitled "Transitioning Our Veterans into the Workplace" with speakers from Miami's Veterans Center, the Veterans Benefits Administration, the Department of Labor, Florida's Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, and Miami-Dade College. The program covered topical issues such as Federal programs and tax benefits for employers, employer responsibilities under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), veteran readjustment challenges, business imperatives for hiring vetrerans, and available government resources. The program also offered attendees the opportunity to meet with representatives of Miami-Dade College's MEED program which assists disabled employees and their employers. The workshop successfully met SHRM's stated goal to support President Obama's directive to help transition returning veterans into the community and workplace. It also spotlighted the value of HR professionals in the community, and improved relationships with veterans' organizations. Participants reported that the workshop's information and materials were well received within their organizations. Additionally, this program inspired other chapters to develop similar events using the GMSHRM model.
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