three cheers for Sears

W.jpghile I am anti-this-war, I am not unilaterally anti-military. Granted, we currently have a screwed up military system, and, on top of that, the individuals who have been rousted out of their regular lives and sent out to shore up the rapidly exhausting fighting forces across the world are really getting short shrift (if they even manage to come back to get it). Employers of reservists who are called into active duty are required by law to make their jobs available to them if/when they get back. But often these reservists (and therefore their families) lose their health and other benefits and wind up taking pay cuts if/when they get back.
Sears, however, is voluntarily paying the difference in salaries and maintaining all benefits, including medical insurance and bonus programs, for all called up reservist employees for up to two years.
According to,

“Sears is indeed one of the employers who take additional steps to show support for employees involved in serving their country (either in the Reservers or the National Guard) by guaranteeing the continuance of their civilian pay (for up to 60 months) and allowing continued participation in life insurance, medical and dental programs. Many other companies, large and small, do the same for their workers, but as one of the nation’s oldest and largest employers, Sears (acquired in 2005 by Kmart) gets the publicity for setting a prominent example.

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