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Short Titles as Introduced

Servicemembers Access to Justice Act of 2009

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Official Title as Introduced

To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the enforcement of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994, and for other purposes.

Actions Overview (1)

03/12/2009Introduced in House

All Actions (7)

04/27/2009Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.
Action By: Committee on Armed Services
03/13/2009Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.
Action By: Committee on Veterans' Affairs
03/12/2009Referred to House Oversight and Government Reform
Action By: House of Representatives
03/12/2009Referred to House Armed Services
Action By: House of Representatives
03/12/2009Referred to House Veterans' Affairs
Action By: House of Representatives
03/12/2009Referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on Armed Services, and Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
03/12/2009Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

Committees (3)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Veterans' Affairs03/12/2009 Referred to
House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity03/13/2009 Referred to
House Armed Services03/12/2009 Referred to
House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel04/27/2009 Referred to
House Oversight and Government Reform03/12/2009 Referred to

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Introduced in House (03/12/2009)

Servicemembers Access to Justice Act of 2009 - Waives a state's sovereign immunity with respect to the enforcement of uniformed services members' employment or reemployment rights or benefits under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA).

Makes unenforceable agreements between an employer and employee requiring arbitration of disputes arising under USERRA. Provides exceptions. Requires the validity and enforceability of such an agreement to be determined by a court (as opposed to the arbitrator).

Provides increased liquidated damages, and authorizes punitive damages, against state or private employer violations of USERRA. Provides a right to a jury trial in such cases.

Requires (under current law, authorizes) the award of attorney fees in actions to enforce USERRA.

Defines "successor in interest" for USERRA purposes.

Prohibits wage discrimination against members covered under USERRA.

Requires (under current law, authorizes) a court to use equitable relief, including injunctions and restraining orders when appropriate, for USERRA violations.

Amends the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 to require federal procurement contracts to include a notice that the contractor may have USERRA obligations.

Requires a Comptroller General study on the effectiveness of federal education and outreach programs on employer obligations under USERRA.