Thursday, May 23 2013 2:33 PM EDT2013-05-23 18:33:20 GMT
Three Albany men, charged with beating a man in a bar parking lot so viciously they fractured his skull. are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their trial. After three hours of deliberationMore >>
A guilty verdict after three hours of deliberation, as three Albany men are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their aggravated assault trial.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:25 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:25:08 GMT
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. Smith just returned from herMore >>
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
June 28, 2007
Albany - They sign up ready and willing to serve our country at a moment's notice. Yet, some national guard and reserve service members are discriminated against or even fired when they report back to their day jobs.
For 13 years, Frank Mitchell has served in the Army Reserves. In 2003, he was deployed to Iraq for 18 months. He said, "When you come back here, it takes time to readjust back to the civilian world."
And because of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, he got that time. 90 days to readjust to life back at home. Then, he went right back to work at Autry State Prison as a Correctional Officer. "It's a state agency, so I knew that as soon as I got back I would go back to work," said Mitchell.
Unfortunately, not all employers and employees know the law, and often times, when a guard member or reservist returns home, they're not welcomed with open arms. "One of the things we experience each time we have a case and there's been a violation, most of the time it's because the employer is unaware of what the federal law says," said Penelope Harbour.
In a nutshell, it says those service members are entitled to their job, along with all the benefits they would have had while away, even if you replaced them while they were deployed.
"It's an excellent law," said Mitchell, "Without that type of protection, you would have employers who would violate their employees rights and vice versa."
And by knowing the law, employers can honor those men and women, who help keep our country safe. Frank Mitchell just completed his second mobilization, where he was training in Ft. Gordon, in May.
If you are an employer or service member who would like more information on the rights for employment and reemployment, click here.