PIKESVILLE, Md. – Maryland Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, announced today Jiffy Lube Service Center #722 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.”
Jiffy Lube Service Center #722 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.
Jiffy Lube Service Center #722 is bridging the gap between veterans and other employers across the state through their VA Way initiative that stresses the importance of and value added when employers hire members of the National Guard and reserve and veterans.
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: Gary Canteen, Jiffy Lube Service Center #722 general manager; Jean Hulet, Maryland ESGR State Chair; and John Way, franchise owner.