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Posted by Diane

The Jury Systems Improvement Act is a federal Act that applies to many employees across the country. The Act is in place in order to ensure that if an employee needs to take time off of work for jury duty service, the employee can take the time without worrying about losing his or her job. Also, the Act prohibits employers from discriminating against employees that need to take the jury duty time off.

Employees should notify the employer immediately once they receive notice of the upcoming jury duty service. The employer must not discriminate against the employee for reasons that are directly related to the jury duty service. Also, the employer must not terminate an employee that needs to leave work for jury duty service.

Employers are also prohibited from coercing an employee to postpone jury duty service. If an employee has a qualifying reason, the employee may be able to postpone the service for his or her own reasons. For example, if the employee has a planned vacation or an illness, the employee may be able to postpone the service until a later date.

If an employer is found to be guilty of discriminating against an employee that serves on a jury or of terminating an employee that serves on a jury, the employer could be fined up to $1,000 per instance, per employee. Also, the employer could have to pay for lost wages and benefits to the employee.

Employees may be required to provide proof of the jury duty service, such as a copy of the jury duty summons or a statement 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 that the employee had prior to leaving work for the jury duty service.

The employer should continue to provide the employee with benefits during the period of jury duty service, such as health care. CB

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