Reservist looses his job on return from Iraq,,2-2045882,00.htm
nice to see our TA element getting support on their return to UK.

'An employer accused of refusing to let a TA soldier go back to work has been taken to court

AN EMPLOYER accused of refusing to give a Territorial Army soldier his job back after he returned from an operational tour of Iraq is being prosecuted, in the first case of its kind.

The Crown Prosecution Service took up the case of Lance Corporal Neil Wright, 31, a radio operator serving with the Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry, who went to the police after finding that he had lost his job as a mechanic.

Under the Reserve Forces (Safeguard of Employment) Act 1985, employers are “prohibited from terminating reservists’ employment without their approval at any time if the termination is due solely or mainly to their reserve liability”.

The unique case will serve as a warning to all employers who in recent years have had to provide thousands of reservists for operational tours overseas, from Bosnia and Kosovo to Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Ministry of Defence relies on employers to support members of their staff who are mobilised for six months’ reservist duty. But the Reserve Forces Act provides the legal muscle to ensure that they honour their obligation to keep jobs open.

Nearly 30 members of the reserve forces have had to go through a special appeal system to get their jobs back since the Iraq campaign began in 2003. But the case of Lance Corporal Wright, from Telford in Shropshire, is the first since the Act came into force where the Crown Prosecution Service has agreed to take action against an employer. '
about time the cps did something right for once

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