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Military Leave Policy -Sections I & II: Introduction & Purpose

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Including Uniformed Services Employment & Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and the California Military & Veterans Code (CMVA)

Revised: April 2014

Read next: Section III, A - Eligibility for Military Leave of Absence

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I. Introduction

This policy applies to employees of the County and County agencies and special districts. Where the policy uses terms such as “employed by the county”, “county employees”, “departments” or “department heads”, these include employees, executives, and officers of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, the Sonoma County Community Development Commission, The Sonoma County Fair and Exposition, Inc., the Sonoma County Employees’ Retirement Association, the Sonoma County Water Agency, and the Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District.

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II. Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to provide a resource for County employees and departments/agencies for information on federal and state laws, local regulations, rules and agreements relating to military leave and re-employment rights. Should this policy be in conflict with applicable laws, rules, regulations or agreements, those laws, rules, regulations or agreements shall control.

The laws and agreements covered by this policy are the Uniformed Service Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA)1, the California Military & Veterans Code2, and the County of Sonoma Medical Leave Policy and procedures pertaining to leaves of absence, compensation, health insurance, reinstatement and pension benefits for employees requesting a military leave of absence. After reviewing the policy, if you have any questions concerning military leave, contact your department/agency designated representative (often the department’s human resources liaison or payroll professional) and/or bargaining unit representative.

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