Brooklyn, NY asked in Employment Law and Military Law for New York

Q: Do I have to provide my LES to my civilian employer after each drill?

I’m in the national guard. I’ve always submitted my orders and a “did preform” letter from my unit signed by my rediness NCO but now my employer wants my LES.

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V. Jonas Urba

  • Tarrytown, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Have you asked HR why they need it? There might be a very legitimate reason and if they are requiring that from all reservists why object? If you needed a workplace accommodation and your employer kept requesting more and more clarification from your physician would you not have to provide that; within reason?

Derek John Soltis agrees with this answer

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Derek John Soltis

  • Jersey City, NJ
  • Licensed in New York

A: Sometimes you just go along to get along. When you say " my employer wants my LES." It may be someone new in HR that has no clue as to what is needed, but they used to this at their old company, or it may be that they now were given a directive from above by someone else that read something someplace and now they want to do it this way.

I suggest talking to the person asking for your LES. Ask them what it takes to make his or her life easier and yours as well as you are part of the National Guard and plan to be for as long as you can and you aren't switching jobs either so what are the new requirements going forward. (Emphasis that this wasn't required before, and now you will do whatever they are asking, but just want to know how to make their and your life easier over the long run...)

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