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USERRA: Alabama

USERRA requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Randall Scott Hetrick, Adams and Reese, LLP


  • USERRA is a federal law that provides leave rights for public and private employees with military obligations. Alabama law will apply in instances where it provides greater benefits, protections and/or rights than USERRA. See Private Employers.
  • Alabama employers who are counties, municipalities or other agencies or political subdivisions of counties and municipalities should be aware of the additional state law obligations to provide employees a certain amount of paid military leave each calendar year. See Public Employers.
  • Students must be allowed to take a military leave of absence and upon their return, be reinstated to their pre-leave educational status. See Students.