H.R. 1474 (111th): Servicemembers Access to Justice Act of 2009

Introduced:
Mar 12, 2009 (111th Congress, 2009–2010)
Status:
Died (Referred to Committee)
Sponsor
Artur Davis
Representative for Alabama's 7th congressional district
Party
Democrat
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Last Updated
Mar 12, 2009
Length
18 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 7178 (110th) was a previous version of this bill.

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Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jan 15, 2009

 
Status

This bill was introduced on March 12, 2009, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Progress
Introduced Mar 12, 2009
Referred to Committee Mar 12, 2009
 
Full Title

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.

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Cosponsors
28 cosponsors (28D) (show)
Committees

House Armed Services

Military Personnel

House Oversight and Government Reform

House Veterans' Affairs

Economic Opportunity

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3/12/2009--Introduced.
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.

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