Employment Protections For Members Of National Guard Expanded

Existing law provides employment protections for members of the National Guard who have been ordered into active state or federal service. Among other things, the member of the National Guard is entitled to be restored to his or her former position or to a position of similar seniority, status and pay without loss of retirement or other benefits unless the employer's circumstances have so changed as to make it impossible or unreasonable to do so. The returning member of the National Guard also shall not be discharged without cause within one year after he or she has been restored to the position. This law extends these protections to members of the National Guard of other states who have left a position in private employment in California (AB 583).