Posted by Diane
Employees in the state of Arkansas should be aware of the Jury Systems Improvement Act, which is a federal Act that helps to ensure that when an employee has been called to serve on a jury, the employee can serve on the jury without worrying that he or she will lose his or her job because of the jury duty service.
Employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees that serve on a jury under the JISA. Employers also must not coerce an employee or attempt to coerce an employee to postpone jury duty service for work. There are some situations in which an employee will be able to postpone jury duty service for his or her own reasons, however. For example, if an employee has a planned vacation or an illness, the employee may not have to serve on a jury.
Employers are also prohibited from terminating an employee that serves on a jury. If an employer is guilty of discriminating against an employee in any way, the employer may be fined up to $1,000 per employee, per incident. The employer may also have to pay for lost wages and benefits for the employee that was discriminated against.
When an employee is called to serve on a jury, the employer should continue to provide the employee with benefits while he or she serves. However, in Arkansas, the employer does not have to pay the employee during the period of jury duty service.
After the period of jury duty service, the employee should be able to return to work to have the same job or an equivalent job. The employee should also return to work to have the same salary and benefits that he or she had prior to taking time off of work for jury duty service.
Employees may be required to provide proof of the jury duty service. Such proof might be a copy of the original jury duty summons. Also, the employee can obtain a written confirmation of the jury duty service from the clerk of the court for each day that the employee serves on a jury. CB
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