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04/18/16

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory honored by Department of Defense for extraordinary support

  • The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory honored by Department of Defense for extraordinary support

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Maryland Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, announced today The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory was honored with an Above and Beyond Award in recognition of extraordinary support of its employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.

“The ESGR Above and Beyond Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize American employers providing extraordinary patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation’s call to serve, said Jean Hulet, Maryland ESGR state chair. “Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.”

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory joins thousands of American employers who have reviewed and amended their current human resources policies to ensure compliance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Many employers provide support far beyond what USERRA requires to include pay differential to offset the loss of wages, and extension of health care benefits which complement coverage provided by the military when their employees are mobilized.

Founded in 1942, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory provides solutions to national security and scientific challenges with systems engineering and integration, research and development, and analysis. Throughout seven decades of service, the laboratory focuses on practical applications of their research in a wide range of scientific and technological fields. Today; the laboratory’s four main sponsored areas of work include air and missile defense, asymmetric operations, force projection, and space science.

ESGR seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. ESGR facilitates and promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service by developing and advocating mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing outstanding employer support, increasing awareness of applicable laws and policies, resolving potential conflicts between employers and their service members, and acting as the employers’ principal advocate within DoD. Paramount to ESGR's mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.

For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call 1-800-336-4590 or visit www.ESGR.mil.

Photo caption: Left to right: Alexander Ruiz, Section Lead and Project Manager, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory; Jean Hulet, Maryland ESGR State Chair; and Sam Peebles, Maryland ESGR vice Chair.

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