Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Department of Defense program that develops and promotes supportive work environments for service members in the reserve components. Indiana’s ESGR is a DOD field agency composed primarily of 95 volunteers within the state of Indiana. ESGR's goal is for all employers to support and value the employment of members of the National Guard and Reserve, thereby increasing reserve component readiness.
Through outreach and education, ESGR works to increase awareness of applicable laws, i.e., the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA), and to resolve employment conflicts between service members and their employers. ESGR’s recognition and awards programs, helps to strengthen relationships between service members and supportive employers while honoring the sacrifices employers make year after year.
Service Member Responsibilities
Allow military leave of absence
Provide advanced notice to employer
Thanking Your Employer
- Inform your chain of command - The first step in resolving an employer-related problem is to explain the problem to your leaders and keep them informed. They may be able to resolve the issue for you without pursuing further action.
- Contact ESGR - If your chain of command cannot resolve your issue, contact ESGR. By contacting ESGR, your issue will be referred to a trained volunteer Ombudsman who will help you resolve your problem through informal mediation. The objective of the ESGR ombudsman is to eliminate misunderstandings and resolve difficulties in a spirit of cooperation. Their success rate at resolving issues at their level is greater than 90 percent.
- Contact the Department of Labor - If the ESGR Ombudsman is not able to successfully resolve your issue, you should contact the Department of Labor (DOL).
- Arrange for Private Counsel - If DOL cannot resolve your issue or will not accept your case, you may arrange for private counsel/legal representation. Unlike the previous steps, however, this service is not free and may result in an out-of-pocket expense.