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Posted by Diane

The Jury Systems Improvement Act is a federal Act that helps to ensure that employees in all states can take time off of work in order to serve on a jury without worrying that they will be terminated or discriminated against by the employer. The Act is a federal Act, so it applies to employees in New Hampshire in about the same way that it applies to employees in all states across the country.

When an employee receives a jury duty summons, the employee should notify the employer of the upcoming jury duty service immediately so that the employer can make accommodations for the employee’s absence from work. However, the employer must not discriminate against the employee for reasons that are directly related to the jury duty service. Also, the employer should not terminate the employee for reasons that are directly related to the jury duty service.

When an employee takes time away from work in order to serve on the jury, the employee 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. Also, the employee should have the same salary and benefits that he or she had prior to taking time off of work to serve on the jury.

There are some situations in which an employee can postpone jury duty service. For example, if an employee has a planned vacation or an illness, the employee may be able to postpone jury duty service to a later date. However, the employer must not coerce or attempt to coerce the employee to postpone the service.

If an employer is guilty of discriminating against an employee for jury duty service, the employer could have to pay up to $1,000 per employee, per instance. Also, if an employer terminates an employee for serving on a jury, the employer could have to pay for lost wages and benefits to the employee. CB

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