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This is regarding State Guard( Army, Air Force), and Coast

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This is regarding State Guard( Army, Air Force), and Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Am I excused ( Federal Law) from work on weekends that I have drills? The same way I'm excused in the Reserves.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Military Law
Expert:  P. Simmons replied 1 year ago.

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This depends...are you talking about the weekend drills? Or are you referring to when you are "activated" for service?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
This is weekend drills mainly . I don't know if the State guard have AT. Remember that I'm talking State Guard,and Auxiliary , which is non paid.
Expert:  P. Simmons replied 1 year ago.


THe law that applies is federal law. It is called the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).

The federal law requires that the employer provide the employee a job (hold their position) if they are called away to federal service.

BUt this will not apply to guard drills...since that is not considered federal service. That is, in essence, work for the state employer.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
But in the Reserves(TPU, regular drilling Reserves) , weekend drills are excused from work by law.
Expert:  P. Simmons replied 1 year ago.

Yes...that is because the reserves operate under federal law...and the guard operates under state law (until they are activated under Title 32, US Code for federal service)

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