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St. Thomas employers learn role under USERRA

  • St. Thomas employers learn role under USERRA

ST.THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands – St. Thomas employers attended the Virgin Islands Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (VI-ESGR) Briefing with the Boss, March 13.

The BWB breakfast, held at Victor’s New Hideout, hosted representatives of local government agencies and Virgin Islands National Guard military representatives.

“These Briefings with the Boss are excellent opportunities for the military leadership and employment community to interact and share vital information for the proper execution of the provisions included in the Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA)” said Stanley S. Jones, state chair of the VI-ESGR.

Military representative, Col. Ivan Udell, the acting adjutant general of the Virgin Islands National Guard explained the current state of the Virgin Islands National Guard during its transition after the recent gubernatorial election.

“The State of the Virgin Islands National Guard, as I have often said to those inside and outside of the organization; we are soldiers and we need proper orders,” said Udell. “We get told what the direction is, we move smartly, and we move out as efficiently and effectively as we can; and that is what the Virgin Islands National Guard has done.”

In his remarks Jones asked military leadership to inform employers, and employer representatives at the brief to ask questions.

“As we prepare for upcoming deployments, when service members will be leaving in groups, I charge the military leadership to be aggressive in disseminating information to the employment sector, giving them ample time to react and adjust to the challenges associated with deployment,” said Jones.

“We at ESGR encourage the employment community to ask your questions up front, to ensure a smooth transition within the process,” said Jones. “Remember, the only dumb question, is the one you did not ask.”

Jones looks forward to working with VING’s leadership. “I look forward in meeting with them to promote ESGR recognition within the commands,” said Jones. “We need military emphasis to reinforce our Patriot Awards and Department of Defense Freedom Award briefings in order for service members to understand the magnitude of these awards.”

On, March 12, the VI-ESGR presented Patriot Awards to supervisors at the Virgin Islands Port Authority and the Schneider Regional Medical Center.

“Yesterday we had the opportunity to present two Patriot Awards,” said Jones. “Soldiers recognizing their supervisors. That was such a warming experience. When a supervisor gets a Patriot Award from a service member, you see their face just light up.”

Photo: St. Thomas BWB Employer and military representatives listen to Virgin Islands Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (VI-ESGR) Chairman Stanley S. Jones during the Briefing with the Boss on St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, Mar. 13, 2019. The breakfast briefing was attended by Virgin Islands National Guard military staff and employer representatives from the local government.