The Above and Beyond Award is presented by ESGR State Committees and recognizes employers at the local level who have gone above and beyond the legal requirements of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).
The Above and Beyond Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize American employers providing extraordinary support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation’s call to serve. The award is given in limited numbers by state committees to employers who have had at least one of their supervisors/managers recognized with a Patriot Award, and who have signed or agree to sign a statement of support (SoS). State committees are authorized maximum discretion in considering an Above and Beyond award (or other) for Patriot Award nominations of smaller firms, those with no individual supervisors specified, and in ther similar situations.
Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units. Examples of an employer providing above and beyond support include differential pay or full pay to offset the loss of wages when a service member is mobilized or extending health benefits to complement coverage provided by the military.