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Posted by Diane

The Jury Systems Improvement Act is a federal Act that is in place for workers across the country to help ensure that when an employee has been called to serve on a jury, the employee can take time away from work to serve on the jury without worrying that the jury duty service will result in the loss of their job or discrimination from the employer.

According to JSIA, employers are prohibited from discriminating against workers that have been summoned to serve on a jury for reasons that are directly related to that jury duty service. When an employee has been called to serve on a jury, an employer must not terminate the employee for the service. Also, the employer must not coerce or attempt to coerce the employee to postpone the jury duty service.

There are some situations in which an employee will be able to postpone jury duty 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 jury duty service. However, the reason for the postponement must have nothing to do with coercion from the employer to do so.

Employees must also continue to receive benefits during the period of jury duty service. For example, if the employee receives health care through the employer, the employer should continue to provide the employee with health care service for the duration of the jury duty service.

When an employee returns to work after the period of jury duty service, the employee should have the same job or an equivalent job. The employee should also have the same salary and benefits that she or he had prior to taking time off of work for jury duty service. The employee may need to provide proof of the jury duty service to the employer. CB

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