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JSIA in Alabama

Posted by Diane

The Jury Systems Improvement Act is a federal Act that pertains to employees in states across the country, including employees in the state of Alabama. When an employee is summoned for jury duty service, the employee should be able to serve that jury duty service without worrying that the employer will terminate him or her or discriminate against him or her for reasons that are based on the jury duty service.

Employees may be able to postpone jury duty service for reasons that have nothing to do with work, such as a planned vacation or an illness. However, employees cannot postpone the jury duty service because the employer coerced him or her to do so or attempted to coerce him or her to do so. If the employer discriminates against an employee or terminates an employee for serving on a jury, then the employer may be fined up to $1,000 per employee, per instance. Also, the employer may have to pay for lost wages and benefits.

Employees might have to provide proof of the jury duty service. They can show the employer the original jury duty summons or they can obtain a written notification of the jury duty service from the clerk of the court for each day that the employee serves on the jury.

Also, employees should be able to return to work at the end of the period of jury duty service to have the same job or an equivalent job as well as the same salary and benefits. If the employee only serves for part of the day during the jury duty service period, then the employee will be expected to return to work for the remainder of the day. For example, if the employee serves on a jury in the morning, the employee should return to work in the afternoon after jury duty is over. CB

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