Our nations Veterans would like a job more than a thank you!
Approximately 130,000 veterans re-enter civilian life each year, and the skills they've learned in the military don't necessarily translate to civilian life, where the smooth skills of negotiation and quiet time spent on-task are valued. Employers looking to hire veterans might consider “skills translation” to help returning vets understand how their military training can be repurposed and appreciated for civilian jobs.
USSERA Protects Veterans' Jobs
But there is more to hiring or re-hiring returning veterans than simple patriotism or even hiring good candidates. The federal Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 provides job and benefit protections for employees who take leaves of absence to fulfill military obligations. Employers must reemploy these soldiers upon their return from military service if they provided proper notice of leave and properly applied for reemployment. Employers are prohibited under USERRA from discriminating or retaliating against employees or applicants based on their military service or intent to join one of the uniformed services. Employers that violate USERRA provisions can be penalized, including compensating employees for losses of wages or other benefits.
Also under USERRA, employers must help returning veterans , including injured or disabled soldiers, become qualified for the jobs that they would have attained if they hadn't served in the military. If veterans can't become qualified for the positions that they would have attained, employers must make reasonable efforts to employ them in positions with equivalent seniority, status, and pay.
Tax Credits for Employers
But in addition to bringing back a returning employee or hiring a skilled and disciplined new one, employers who hire veterans may qualify for tax credits from the government. Employers who hire veterans who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment may qualify for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). The tax benefits range from $1,200 to $9,600, depending on the hire.
In addition, the Returning Heroes Tax Credit and the Wounded Warrior Tax Credit have both been extended through 2019, and some states also offer tax incentives for employers that hire veterans.
So, bottom line, returning veterans make great employees, and there are many reasons to recruit and retain them—including these, collected by Small Business Trends:
- Veterans are goal-oriented
- Veterans are trained leaders
- Veterans take responsibility seriously
- Veterans know how to make decisions
- Veterans are loyal and know how to defend
- Veterans speak their minds
- Veterans work well independently
- Veterans have a great work ethic
- Veterans can help you organize
- Veterans receive education assistance
- Veterans know technology
- Veterans understand globalization
- Veterans understand health and safety
- Hiring a veteran saves you money
- Hiring a veteran means tax incentives
- Veterans don’t give up
We encourage our Nation's Veterans to apply for available job postings on our corporate site and become a part of the fast growing work environment at the HFX companies. Available positions can be found at the CAREERS
page of our corporate website.
For more information regarding The HFX Veteran Wings™
Program, we encourage you to connect with us via email or phone. Click here
to visit the CONNECT
page of our website or call 818.259.0440.