ESGR in the News

01/04/13

Howard County, Maryland Columbia Workforce Center Signs SoS

  • Howard County, Maryland Columbia Workforce Center Signs SoS
Columbia, MD – Mr. Lloyd Day, Labor Exchange Administrator, Mid-Maryland, signed an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Statement of Support on behalf of the Columbia Workforce Center. The signing ceremony was held on January 4, 2013 at the Columbia Workforce Center, Columbia, Maryland. Mr. Orion G. Jones, Sr., Veterans Services Representative also participated in the event. Along with thanks from the committee for the organization’s demonstrated support for our National Guard and Reserve, Mr. Day received a “Boss Patriot Pin” as further recognition of his commitment to our citizen soldiers.

The Columbia Workforce Center maintains a partnership with local workforce development agencies to provide employment and training services to job seekers and businesses. The Workforce Center strives to provide customer driven workforce services for all job-seeking customers. They provide a variety of employment and support resources to assist individuals in achieving their employment goals and encourage lifelong learning. Information and resources for the economic advancement of any job seeker is also available at the center.
The statement of support program is the cornerstone of the ESGR effort to gain and maintain employer support. The intent of the program is to increase employer support of the Guard and Reserve by developing employers that advocate for employee participation in the military.

The Statement of Support confirms the Howard County Columbia Workforce Center joins other employers in pledging that:
• We fully recognize, honor and enforce the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA).
• Our managers and supervisors will have the tools they need to effectively manage those employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
• We appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills service members bring to the workforce and will encourage opportunities to hire Guardsmen, Reservists and Veterans.
• We will continually recognize and support our country’s service members and their families in peace, in crises and in war.

“Today, supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units. I ask all Maryland employers to review their current human resource policies to insure policies supportive of our Guard and Reserve member employees are incorporated,” said Jean Hulet, Maryland ESGR Employer Outreach Director. By meeting the Statement of Support criteria, the Columbia Workforce Center pledges to stand proudly by Guard and Reserve employees who continue to answer their nation’s call to defend our way of life. Their personal sacrifices are essential to the strength of our nation.

Established in 1972, ESGR is the lead advocate within the Department of Defense for Reserve Component employers. ESGR advocates relevant initiatives, recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of applicable laws, and resolves conflict between service members and employers. Encouraging employment of Guard and Reserve members is paramount to ESGR's mission. To advertise available jobs within your company or organization, please visit the Hero 2 Hired website at www.H2H.jobs/employers. For more information about ESGR Outreach Programs, or ESGR volunteer opportunities, please call 800-336-4590 or visit www.ESGR.mil.

Photo: Mr. Lloyd Day, Labor Exchange Administrator and Mr. Orion G. Jones, Sr., Veterans Services Representative