There’s a great deal of support available to you as a Reservist. For instance, each Unit has an Employer Support Officer who can give you any help you need, such as legal advice or tips on how best to talk to your employer to get them on your side.
Your Employer Support Officer will also know about the various events you can invite your employer to so they can gain a better understanding of your commitments, training and the benefits you can bring to the workplace. To help them help you, it’s vital that you provide your unit with complete and accurate employer details and notify them of any changes as soon as they happen.
Help on employment issues from your unit
Your Employer Support Officer is the main authority in your unit on employer issues. However, remember to go through the chain of command - your detachment commander or Permanent Staff Administrative Officer (PSAO) may well be able to help and they need to be informed if you are experiencing employment problems as a result of your Reserve Forces commitments. They can put you in touch with your Employer Support Officer or seek advice on your behalf.
Help on employment issues from your Trade Union
If you’re a member of a Trade Union and you suspect job or career discrimination, additional support may be available through your Union's Regional Office. If you’re not a member of a Trade Union, other bodies who can help you include:
If you are part of the Civil Service, please refer to your departmental Reservist policy for all information, including arrangements for Reservists returning to work.
Help on welfare issues
Help from SaBRE
If you are experiencing difficulty receiving employer support and advice through your chain of command you can call the SaBRE helpline.
If you feel that your employer would benefit from more information or that they’re not being as supportive as they could be, suggest they take a look at this website which offers a great deal of information for employers. They can also get in touch with their Regional SaBRE Campaign Director who will be pleased to offer any help they need.
Help from the MOD
The MOD is fully committed to an open relationship with employers. It is also committed to protecting the interests of Reservists.
As a result, legislation is planned to provide greater protection against unfair dismissal for Reservists in employment. In addition a web-based portal for Reservists will allow them to report instances of where they feel they have been disadvantaged as a direct result of their service. This will allow the MOD to look into individual issues more closely, while always taking into account their employers’ viewpoints.