Washington, DC–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–September 28, 2004–The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), in conjunction with the Secretary of Defense, honored the State of Minnesota as a 2004 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award recipient recently in Washington, DC.
The State of Minnesota has been legislatively proactive in the protection of Guard and Reserve members and sets the example for employers in Minnesota. Recently the State of Minnesota passed legislation for mobilized members, which includes pay differential for mobilized state employees, protection for college students called to active duty, and state tuition reimbursement program funded by the State of Minnesota. Additionally, the First Lady of the state has introduced a program that provides assistance to all Minnesota military members and their families called the First Lady’s Family Care Initiative.
“The State of Minnesota has a long-standing tradition of supporting its National Guard families”, said Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty. “Guard members are providing courageous and selfless leadership and service. They are role models for all of us and we are grateful for all they do.”
The Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, a Waterford crystal eagle, was introduced in 1996 to publicly recognize the significant contributions and sacrifices made by America’s employers of Guardsmen and Reservists.
“The State of Minnesota’s exceptional support of their Reserve and National Guard employees during mobilization for the war against terrorism has set a standard for all employers to follow”, said David Janes, ESGR National Chairman. “The State of Minnesota’s advocacy of extending continuing benefits, making up pay differentials, and ensuring employees are returned to their jobs in a timely manner is truly a role model for corporate America. I am proud to have participated in the selection of the State of Minnesota for this prestigious award”, added Janes.
Finally, ESGR provides free education, consultation, and if necessary mediation for employers of Guard and Reserve employees. More information about ESGR Employer Outreach Programs and volunteer opportunities is available at http://www.esgr.org, or by calling 800-336-4590.
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