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ARDEN HILLS, Minn. – With great pleasure, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Minnesota, ESGR-MN, announces that Mathew Meyer, Director of ESGR-MN Ombudsman services was selected by the ESGR-National Headquarters as this year's Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve’s Ombudsman of the year.

As a strong supporter of ESGR and our mission Mathew, along with all our volunteers have made this possible.

Mathew Meyer is a dedicated Ombudsman for the Minnesota ESGR team. He is always seen at all US Marine functions talking about the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, USERRA. There are 5 US Marine Reserve units in Minnesota. When an expert is needed with a legal background, Mathew steps forward. In 2020, Mathew briefed 5 corporation’s human resource departments on the law and encouraged them to sign Statement of Supports. Because of Mathew's passion for USERRA, he provided a briefing to the Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute where his presentation was awarded Continuing Legal Education points for lawyers attending the session. Because Mathew enjoys technology, he was the first to attend a virtual setting called Experience 2020. There he presented the ESGR briefing via an electronic platform and then opened a virtual shop to counsel the military members present about their concerns with the employer's actions. Looking at the filed ombudsman cases across the ESGR Central Region, only one state had a higher case load. Mathew’s management of the Minnesota case load resulted in a closure rate at 93%, 12% above the ESGR Central Region average. This high rate is an example of Mathew listening and helping both sides understand the law to find a suitable outcome. As a top-notch volunteer Mathew Meyer is honored to be this year’s ESGR National Ombudsman of the Year.

ESGR is a Department of Defense program that develops and promotes supportive work environments for service members in the National Guard and Reserve through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities that increase awareness of applicable laws. ESGR also provides assistance in resolving conflicts between Service members and their employers.

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

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