Sullivan is certainly a concerned wife. But her extensive knowledge of military leaves of absence comes from being an employment lawyer, a group that is devoting a lot of attention to the subject these days.

As legions of reservists march off from their offices to the battlefield, employment attorneys are scrambling to familiarize themselves with rarely used military leave statutes. Many are already grappling with how a call to duty affects everything from a reservist’s job title to their stock options – an issue of special concern in Silicon Valley. But many predict the brunt of the work will arise when the soldiers come home and attempt to re-enter the workforce.

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