FHP Health Care has announced it will subsidize the military pay and extend benefits to its employees serving in military reserves.

In Utah, the health maintenance organization has 40 employees in military reserve units, 20 of whom have been called to active duty, said Wanda A. Lee, vice president of human resources."Military pay can be substantially less than the employees' normal salary," she said. "Consequently, FHP will subsidize reservists' military pay with an amount in accordance with the occupation they hold at FHP."

Federal law requires employers to allow employees to return to a job with the same pay and status but does not require employers to supplement military pay if it is less than their civilian pay.

In addition, the company will continue to extend medical, dental, life, retirement and other benefits to families and dependents of employees on active military duty.

FHP has about 1,600 employees in Utah.