Bob,
 
When I got this information on Sears it was started but nobody finalized the checks. I ran it through the Urban Legend website and found it to be true. I also found two different lists of companies that do the same thing for their employees who are called up in the reserves/guard.
 
I really don't know how you want to put this information out but these folks need an "Attaboy" of some kind.  
Lonnie
 
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Although many employers look favorably on military service and even encourage it, there are some who find it burdensome to have an employee who spends time away from the job. Military reservists pose a particular challenge to employers because they're subject to recall to active duty at any time -- call-ups to active service during times of war may not occur often, but active duty recalls can occur even during peacetime, and nearly every reservist has to take occasional leave from his regular job for monthly drills and annual training.
 
In order to provide a measure of employment security to reservists subject to active duty recall and minimize the disadvantages that occur when reservists need to be absent from their civilian employment to serve in the uniformed services, the United States enacted the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) in 1994. Codified in Chapter 43, Part III, Title 38 of the United States Code, this act mandates that "any person whose absence from a position of employment is necessitated by reason of service in the uniformed services shall be entitled to reemployment rights and benefits."
 
Of course, reservists give up more than just their jobs when they're called up for active duty. Although the law may require that their former positions be waiting for them when they return, many reservists still have to deal with the financial hardships of the difference in pay between their civilian jobs and their military positions; as well, other job benefits they may lose out on while on active duty (such as medical insurance coverage or participation in employer bonus plans) are not guaranteed to them. Some employers voluntarily go the extra mile for their reservist employees, making up the difference between their regular pay and their military pay while they're on active duty and ensuring that all employer-sponsored benefits associated with their jobs remain in force.
 
Sears is indeed one of the employers who take additional steps to show support for employees involved in serving their country by guaranteeing the continuance of their civilian pay and benefits. Many other companies -- large and small -- do the same for their workers, but as one of the nation's oldest and largest employers, Sears gets the publicity for setting a prominent example.
 
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: SEARS....
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2003 16:05:13 EDT
 
 
 
Subject: Sears and the military
 
Assume you have all seen the reports about how Sears is treating its
reservist employees who are called up? By law, they are required to hold
their jobs open and available, but nothing more. Usually, people take a big
pay cut and lose benefits as a result of being called up...
 
Sears is voluntarily paying the difference in salaries and maintaining all
benefits, including medical insurance and bonus programs, for all called up
reservist employees for up to two years. I submit that Sears is an
exemplary corporate citizen and should be recognized for its contribution.
 
Suggest we all shop at Sears, and be sure to find a manager to tell them why
we are there so the company gets the positive reinforcement it well
deserves. Pass it on.
 
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Someone who received this decided to check it out before forwarding and sent
the following email to the Sears Customer Service Department:
 
I received this email and I would like to know if it is true. If it is, the
Internet may have just become one very good source of advertisement for your
store. I know I would go out of my way to buy products from Sears instead of
another store for a like item even if it was cheaper at the other store.
 
Here is their answer to that email......................
 
Dear Customer,
 
Thank you for contacting Sears. The information is factual. We appreciate
your positive feedback. Sears regards service to our country as one of
greatest sacrifices our young men and women can make. We are happy to do
our part to lessen the burden they bear at this time.
 
1-800-349-4358
 
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 Employers Make Extra Efforts in Support of Guard, Reserve Employees

( Extracted from:  http://www.esgr.org/

Many employers have recently expanded their pay differential and medical coverage policies for Reserve and National Guard members called to active duty. The employers listed below have gone above and beyond the requirements of the law in support of their National Guard and Reserve employees.

If you feel that your organization has done more than the law's requirement in support of our troops and should be part of this list, please fill out this form. If you have already registered and need to update your benefits information, please send a message to outstandingemployers@esgr.org.

 
Organization Cont. Salary Pay Diff. Health Ben.
A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. Indefinite Yes
Abbott Laboratories 12 Months Yes
Adelphia Cable   6 Months  
Aetna Yes Yes Yes
AFLAC 3 Months 1 Month Yes
alachua county sheriff office     Indefinite
Albany, N.Y. Yes Yes Yes
Albertsons, Inc. Indefinite Yes
Alcoa Indefinite Yes
Allianz Life Insurance Company   Indefinite  
Alpha Industries  
Alticor, Inc. 12 Months 12 Months 12 Months
Amazon.com Pending Pending Pending
American Express Pending Pending Pending
American General Financial Group Indefinite Yes
American Heart Association   2 Weeks 3 Months
American International Group Indefinite Yes
American Standard Pending Pending Pending
American Stock Exchange 6 months Yes
Anderson County 10 Months   Indefinite
Anheuser-Busch Companies 6 Weeks Indefinite Indefinite
ANNA, Inc. Pending Pending Pending
Anteon Corporation 12 Weeks Yes
Applied Materials, Inc. Yes Yes
Archer Daniels Midland 12 Months Yes
ARINC Engineering Services, LLC 12 Months Yes
Arizona Public Service Indefinite Yes
Arrow Electronics, Inc. Indefinite Yes
Ashland Distribution   Indefinite Indefinite
Atlanta School System 2 Weeks Yes
Austin, Texas Pending Indefinite Yes
Autoliv ASP, Inc. Pending Pending Pending
Automatic Data Processing, Inc. 9 Months Yes
Avnet 3 Months Yes
BAE Systems Pending Pending Pending
Ball 12 Months Yes
Bank of America 3 Months 9 Months Yes
Bank of New York Indefinite Yes
Bank One Corp Indefinite Yes
BearingPoint, Inc. 6 months Yes
Bedford, Va. no 12 mo yes
BelCar Motorsports Pending Pending Pending
BellSouth Pending Pending Pending
Benefit Consultants, Inc. Pending Pending Pending
Best Buy Co., Inc. 6 months Yes
Bluefire Partners 2 Weeks Indefinite Indefinite
BMW Manufacturing Corp. Pending Pending Pending
Boeing Aerospace 60 Months Yes
Boeing Electron Dynamic Devices, Inc. Pending Pending Pending
Boeing Satellite Systems 60 Months Yes
Boise Cascade Pending Pending Pending
Booz-Allen & Hamilton 6 months Yes
Bradley-Morris, Inc. Pending Pending Pending
Bristol-Myers Squibb Pending Pending Pending
Broward County, Florida, School Board Indefinite Yes
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Indefinite Yes
CACI, Inc. – Federal Yes Yes Yes
Caddo Parish Schools, La. Pending Pending Pending
Calamos Asset Management, Inc. 6 Months 24 Months 24 Months
Cantey & Hanger Pending Pending Pending
Capitol One Financial Pending Pending Pending
CASAS INTERNATIONAL Indefinite Indefinite Indefinite
CDW Computer Centers Indefinite Yes
Cendant [owns [Avis & Budget rent a car agencies] Yes Yes Yes
Cendant Mobility Pending Pending Pending
Cendant Mortgage Pending Pending Pending
Cendent Corporation [ 12 Months Yes
Central Connecticut State College Pending Pending Pending
Cheaptickets 12 Months Yes
Chesterfield County 3 Weeks 24 Months 24 Months
ChevronTexaco 12 Months Yes
Chiquita Fresh North America 1 Month 2 Months Yes
CIGNA Healthcare Pending Pending Pending
Citigroup Yes Yes
Citizens Financial Group, Inc. Indefinite Indefinite Indefinite
City of Casper 2 Weeks Indefinite Indefinite
City of Charlotte, NC Pending Pending Pending
City of Dayton, Ohio Pending Pending Pending
City of Fresno, Calif. Indefinite Yes
City of Redmond, Washington 3 Months Yes
City of Waltham, Ma Indefinite Indefinite Indefinite
Coca-Cola 3 Months 9 Months Yes
Commonwealth Edison Pending Pending Pending
Computer Sciences Corporation Pending Pending Pending
Comsewogue School District Board of Education Pending Pending Pending
Con-Way Central Express   12 Months 12 Months
ConAgra 12 Month Yes
Congentrix Energy Pending 1 Month Yes
Connecticut Light & Power Company Pending Pending Pending
Conoco Pending 6 months Yes
ConocoPhillips   12 Months Indefinite
Consolidated Edison of New York 12 Months Yes
Cook County, Ill. Pending Pending Pending
Coors Brewing Company Pending 12 Months Pending
County of Santa Clara, Environmental Resource Agency, Parks & Recreation 12 Months 12 Months 12 Months
Covance, Inc. Pending 26 Weeks Yes
Cox Communications Yes Yes Yes
Cranston Print Works Company Pending Pending Pending
CSX Corp 12 Months Yes
Cummins, Inc. Yes Yes
Curtiss-Wright Corp. Pending Pending Pending
D. H. Griffin Company Indefinite Indefinite Indefinite
D. Miller & Associates, PA 5 Weeks   5 Weeks
Daimler Chrysler Pending Pending Pending
Dassault Falcon Jet - Wilmington Corp. 2 Weeks   12 Months
Davidson County, Tenn. Pending Pending Pending
DeKalb County School System 18 Days 60 Months Yes
Delaware 6 Months Yes
Dell Computers Pending Indefinite Yes
Delphi Yes Yes
Designer Checks Indefinite Pending Yes
Deutsche Bank 6 Months Pending Yes
DeVry Inc.   3 Months Indefinite
District of Columbia (Washington, DC) Pending Pending Pending
Dominion Resources 18 Months Yes
Dos Palos Oro Loma, Calif., Unified School District Indefinite Yes
Dow Chemical 2 Months Indefinite Yes
DTE Energy Indefinite Yes
Duke Energy 12 Months Yes
Duke University Medical Center/Dept. of Medicine 6 months Yes
Dynamics Research Corp. Pending Pending Pending
Eastern Connecticut State College 1 Month Indefinite Yes
Eastman Chemical 24 Months Yes
Edison International 12 Months Yes
EDS Pending  
EG&G Defense Systems and Services Pending Pending Pending
Elecronic Data 18 Months Yes
Eli Lilly 12 Months Yes
Energy East 12 Months Yes
Enterasys Networks Pending Pending Pending
Entergy Pending Pending Pending
eRoom Technology, Inc. Pending Pending Pending
Extraprise Pending Pending Pending
Exxon Mobil Pending Indefinite Yes
Fairfield Resorts Indefinite Yes
Fannie Mae Pending 9 Months Yes
Farmers Insurance Group Pending Pending Pending
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta 60 Months 60 Months 60 Months
Federated Insurance Indefinite Yes
FedEx No No Duration
First American Title Insurance Company of New York Indefinite   Indefinite
First Data Corporation 12 Months Yes
FISI Madison Financial Pending Pending Pending
Fleet Bank of Hartford 13 Weeks Yes
FleetBoston Financial 13 Weeks Yes
Fleming Companies, Inc. Pending Pending Pending
Florida State Gov  
Food Lion 3 Months Yes
Ford Motor Company 6 Months Yes
Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Columbus, Ohio Yes Yes Yes
Freddie Mac 12 Months Yes
Frito Lay Corporation Pending Pending Pending
Full Association Business Service, Inc. Pending Pending Pending
Galileo International Indefinite Yes
GEICO Direct     Indefinite
General Dynamics 60 Months Yes
General Dynamics Land Systems 60 Months Yes
General Electric 1 Month 11 Months Yes
General Motors Yes Yes
Georgia Power Company Pending Pending Pending
Gilbane Building Company Pending Pending Pending
Glastonbury, Conn. No No Yes
Glendale, Calif. 12 Months Yes
Goldman Sachs Pending Pending Pending
Goodyear Tire & Rubber No 12 Months Yes
Grapevine, Texas No No Yes
Greenberg Traurig LLP No No Yes
Gresham Smith and Partners No 6 months Yes
Guidant Corporation No Indefinite Yes
Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. Pending Pending Pending
Hale and Dorr LLP   6 Months Indefinite
Harley Davidson 12 Months Yes
Harris Corporation Indefinite Yes
Health Net 2 Weeks 6 Months Yes
Hercules, Calif. 1 Month Yes
Hershey Foods 12 Months Yes
Hewlett Packard 1 Month Yes
Home Depot   6 Months 6 Months
Honeywell 6 Months Yes
Howard County, Md. Indefinite Yes
IBM Duration Yes
Idacorp 12 Months Yes
IKON Office Solutions   Indefinite 12 Months
Illinois Indefinite Yes
Infraworks Corporation 4 Months Yes
Intel 6 Months Yes
International Paper Company   12 Months 12 Months
International Paper Corporation 6 Months Yes
ITW/CIP STAMPING PRODUCTS Indefinite Indefinite Indefinite
Jackson Hewitt 12 Months Yes
Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Yes Yes Yes
JE Dunn Construction Company 12 Months Yes
Jefferson Parish Sheriffs Office Indefinite Indefinite Indefinite
Johnson & Johnson Pending Yes Yes
JP Morgan Chase 12 Months Yes
Kenton County Airport Board 12 Months Yes
Kerr-McGee 12 Months Yes
Kettering, Ohio 24 Months Yes
KeyCorp 12 Months Yes
KORYAK Consulting 12 Months Yes
Kraft Foods-Maxwell House 12 Months Yes
L G & E Energy (KY) Yes Yes Yes
L-3 Communications Pending Pending Pending
Landstar System, Inc. Indefinite Indefinite Indefinite
Lang Wyatt Construction 6 Months Yes
Las Vegas City, NV. 12 Months Yes
Leviton Manufacturing Co. Inc. (NY) Pending Pending Pending
Lockheed Martin 24 Months Yes
Long Beach, Calif. 12 Months Yes
Los Alamos National Laboratory 1 Month 12 Weeks 24 Months
Los Angeles County 1 Month 24 Months Yes
Los Angeles, Calif. Pending Pending Pending
LTPC Pending Pending Pending
Lucent 24 Months Yes
M+W Zander U.S. Operations, Inc. Pending Pending Pending
MassMutual Financial Group Pending 12 Months Yes
Master Card International (Purchase, New York) Pending Pending Pending
Mayo Clinic (FLA) Yes
MeadWestvaco Corp. 12 Months Yes
Merck & Co., Inc. Pending 1 Month Yes
Merrill Lynch Indefinite Indefinite Indefinite
MHC Group, Inc. Pending Pending Pending
Miami - Dade County, Fla. Pending Pending Pending
Micro Vane (MI) Yes
Microsoft Corporation No 6 Months 6 Months
Miller Brewing Company (WI) 12 Months Yes
Mind & Media, Inc.      
Mirant Pending 6 Months Yes
Mission Critical Linux Pending Pending Pending
Mississippi Board of Nursing 2 Weeks   Indefinite
Morgan Stanley 6 Months Pending Yes
Morgantown (WV) Utility Board Pending Pending Pending
Morrison & Foerster LLP (CA) Pending Pending Pending
Morton Plant Mease Primary Care, Inc. Pending Pending Pending
Motorola, Inc. Pending Pending Pending
Munters Corporation Pending Pending Pending
Mutual of Omaha 6 Months Yes
NASDAQ No Indefinite Yes
Nashville, Tenn. No Indefinite Yes
Nassau County Police Department No Indefinite Yes
Nassau County, NY No Indefinite Yes
National Association of Securities Dealers 12 Months Pending Yes
National City Bank Pending Pending Pending
National City Corp, Cleveland, OH No 6 Months Yes
National Information Consortium USA No Indefinite Yes
National Park Service No No Yes
Nationwide No 12 Months Yes
Navy Engineering Logistics Office     18 Months
Navy Federal Credit Union 2 Weeks Yes Yes
Nebraska Public Power 2 Weeks No Yes
Neill Corporation      
NetJets, Inc. No Indefinite Yes
New Britain, Conn. No 2 Weeks No
New York City Police Department Yes, Pending Yes
New York Life Insurance No Yes Yes
New York Stock Exchange Yes Yes Yes
Nicor Gas No 3 Months No
Norco Water Supply - Norco, CA No Indefinite Yes
North Atlantic Energy Service Corp. No Indefinite Yes
Northeast Utilities Service Company No Indefinite Yes
Northrop Grumman No 12 Months Yes
Northwest Airlines, Inc. No No Yes
Northwestern Michigan College No 12 Months Yes
Norwood Clinic Indefinite   Indefinite
Nuclear Management Company Pending Pending Pending
Office of Health Care Access, Connecticut Pending Pending Pending
Office of the Mayor, Chicago, Ill. Pending Pending Pending
Ohio No Indefinite Yes
Oklahoma No Indefinite No
Oracle No 6 Months Yes
PACCAR, Inc. Pending Pending Pending
Pacific Life Corp 6 Months 6 Months Yes
Panametrics, Inc. Pending Pending Pending
Parker Medical Pending Pending Pending
Peoples Gas Pending Pending Pending
Perma-Fix Environmental Services Pending Pending Pending
Perot Systems Corporation Pending Pending Pending
Perth Amboy High School Pending Pending Pending
Pfizer, Inc. 24 Months Yes
PG&E Corporation Pending Pending Pending
PHH Arval Pending Pending Pending
Phillip Morris Yes Yes
Phoenix Police Department Pending Pending Pending
Piedmont Natural Gas Pending Pending Pending
Pittston 6 Months 6 Months Pending
PORTION PAC   6 Months 6 Months
Post, Buckley, Schuh & Jernigan, Inc. Pending Pending Pending
PPG (Pittsburgh Plate Glass) Pending Pending Pending
Pratt & Whitney Indefinite Yes
Prince William County, Va. Pending Pending Pending
PrivatAir Group Pending Pending Pending
Providian Financial 2 Weeks 12 Months Yes
Prudential Financial 12 Months Yes
Public Service Company of New Hampshire Pending Pending Pending
Public Services Group 12 Months Yes
Qwest Communications Pending Pending Pending
Rainey, Ross, Rice & Binns Pending Pending Pending
Raytheon 24 Months Yes
RCI (resource communication) Yes
Regal Ware, Inc.   Indefinite Indefinite
Rentacom 12 Months 12 Months Indefinite
Reynolds & Reynolds Indefinite Yes
Rhodia, Inc. Yes Yes
Richard Childress Racing Yes
Richmonf Financial Group   6 Months Indefinite
RJ Reynolds Indefinite Yes
Rockland County, NY Indefinite Yes
Rockwell Automation/Allen Bradley Indefinite Yes
Rohm & Hass 18 Months Yes
Sacramento, Calif. 1 Month 1 Month Yes
Safeway Indefinite Yes
San Antonio Water System 3 Weeks Indefinite Indefinite
San Diego Police Department Indefinite Pending
San Diego, Calif. Indefinite Yes
San Francisco County 1 Month 6 Months Yes
San Francisco, Calif. Pending Pending Pending
Sandia National Laboratories 3 Weeks 6 Months Yes
Santee Cooper 9 Weeks Yes
Sara Lee 12 Months Yes
SASOL North America 24 Months Yes
SBC Communications 18 Months Yes
SCANA (South Carolina Elec and Gas) Indefinite Yes
Schering-Plough Indefinite Yes
Schneider Specialized Carriers 6 Months Yes
Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) 26 Weeks Yes
Sears, Roebuck & Company 24 Months Yes
SEI Investments Indefinite Yes
Select Energy, Inc. Indefinite Yes
Sherwin-Williams 12 Months Yes
Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System Indefinite Yes
Smurfit Stone Container Corporation 12 Months Yes
Sodexho No Indefinite Yes
Southern California Edison Pending Pending Pending
Southern Connecticut State College 1 Month Indefinite Yes
Southern Fabricators, Inc Yes
Southern New England Telecommunication Corp. Pending Pending Pending
SouthTrust Bank 6 Weeks 12 Months Yes
Southwest Airlines  
Southwestern Bell Telephone Pending Pending Pending
Space Gateway Support 12 Months Yes
Speedway Motorsports 3 Months Yes
Sprint Indefinite Yes
St. Joseph’s Medical Center Yes Yes Yes
St. Vincent Healthcare 6 Months Yes
Staples, Inc. 12 Months Yes
State Farm Insurance Indefinite Yes
State of California Pending Pending Pending
State of New Jersey No Duration Duration
Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. 2 Weeks Indefinite Indefinite
Sybase, Inc. Yes Yes
t.w.phillips gas and oil   9 Months 9 Months
TAP Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Pending Pending Pending
Target 6 Months Yes
TASC, Inc. Pending Pending Pending
Technology Concepts & Design Pending Pending Pending
Teledyne Brown Engineering Pending Pending Pending
Tennessee Valley Authority Pending Pending Pending
Terex Corporation Indefinite Indefinite Indefinite
Texas Instuments, Inc. Pending Pending Pending
Textron of Hartford Pending Pending Pending
The Aetna Pending Pending Pending
The Charles Machine Works, Inc.   2 Weeks  
The Hartford Pending Pending Pending
The MITRE Corporation Pending Pending Pending
The Pennsylvania State University Pending Pending Pending
The Southern Company Pending Pending Pending
Toledo, Ohio Pending Pending Pending
Town of Avon, Conn. Pending Pending Pending
TRANSOCEAN INC. 6 Months 6 Months Indefinite
Travelers Express/MoneyGram 12 Months 6 Months Yes
Trip.com Pending Pending Pending
TriWest Healthcare Alliance Pending Pending Pending
Troutman Sanders LLP Pending Pending Pending
TRW Pending Pending Pending
Tucson, City of Indefinite  
Tyco International Ltd. No 1 Year 1 Year
Tyson Foods Pending Pending Pending
U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association Indefinite Yes
UBS PaineWebber 12 Months Yes
Ulbrich Stainless Steel and Special Metals, Inc Pending Indefinite Yes
Unilever Bestfoods 6 Months Yes
Union Pacific Indefinite Yes
UNIQUE SECURITY - SILVER STAR SECURITY - CHAMPION SECURITY     Indefinite
Unisys Blue Bell 12 Months Yes
United Parcel Service (UPS) Yes Yes
UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1 Month   Indefinite
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Indefinite Yes
University of South Florida Foundation 1 Month Indefinite Yes
US Conec LTD 12 Months Yes
USAA 1 Month 24 Months Yes
VA Medical Center San Francisco 1 Month   18 Months
Ventera Corporation Yes
Veridian Pending Pending Pending
VERITAS 6 Months Yes
Verizon 24 Months Yes
VISA Pending Pending Pending
W. W. Grainger 12 Months Pending Yes
Wachovia Bank 12 Months 6 Months
Walgreen 12 Months Yes
Wallkill, NY Pending Pending Pending
Walmart Stores, Inc. Pending Pending Pending
Washington Pending Pending Pending
Washington Mutual Bank Yes Yes Yes
Weis Markets Pending Pending Pending
Wells Fargo 9 Months Yes
West Virginia Pending Pending Pending
WestAM Pending Pending Pending
Westchester County, NY Pending Pending Pending
Western Massachusetts Electric Company Pending Pending Pending
Western Oklahoma State College Pending Pending Pending
Westinghouse Savannah River Company Pending Pending Pending
Westvaco Pending Pending Pending
Wizcom Pending Pending Pending
World Financial Group Pending Pending Pending
Wright Express Yes 2 Weeks Yes
Wyeth 24 Months Yes
Xerox 18 Months Yes
Yankee Gas Services Company Pending Pending Pending