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Posted by Diane

The Jury Systems Improvement Act is a federal Act that applies to employers and employees in all states across the country, including employers and employees in the state of Wyoming. The Act helps to ensure that if an employee has been called away from work in order to serve on a jury, the employee can take as much time away from work as he or she needs in order to fulfill the jury duty service.

When an employee receives a jury duty summons, the employee should notify the employer of the upcoming service immediately. The employer cannot discriminate against the employee for reasons that are directly related to the jury duty service. Also, the employer cannot terminate the employee for reasons that are directly related to the jury duty service.

If an employer is found to be guilty of discriminating against an employee for serving on a jury or of terminating an employee for serving 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 an employee that was terminated by the employer for reasons based on the jury duty service.

Employers also cannot coerce or attempt to coerce employees to postpone the jury duty service. However, if an employee has his or her own reason to postpone the jury duty service, the employee may be able to do so. For example, if the employee has a planned vacation or an illness, the employee may be able to postpone service.

Also, employers should continue to provide employees with benefits if the employer provided the employee wit benefits prior to the jury duty service. Such benefits might include health care. Employees may be required to provide proof of jury duty service, which could be a copy of the original jury duty summons. CB

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