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Labor Department proposes new job and benefit rules for returning veterans
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WASHINGTON The Bush administration has a list of new rules to clarify employment protections for veterans and reservists returning from active duty.

Labor Secretary Elaine Chao says the new regulations will ensure that there are jobs and benefits waiting back home for "brave men and women who are risking their lives to preserve freedom and democracy."

Current law says returning vets must be rehired with the same seniority, status, benefits and pay. But there are exceptions. If there are layoffs, a company doesn't have to provide a job when the soldier returns.

The Labor Department says it's received more than 38-hundred formal complaints from returning soldiers since October 2001. Before wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there were about 900 complaints a year.

The public has 60 days to comment on the new rules and propose changes.

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