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Posted by Diane

The Jury Systems Improvement Act is a federal Act that applies to employees and employers in states across the country, including employees and employers in the state of Ohio. The Act is in place in order to ensure that when an employee has been called to serve on a jury, the employee can serve on the jury without fear of discrimination from the employer for reasons that are based on the jury duty service.

If an employee receives a summons to serve on a jury, the employee should notify the employer immediately so that the employer can make accommodations for the absent employee. The employer cannot discriminate against the employee for reasons that are directly related to the jury duty service after the employer has been notified of the upcoming service.

When an employee needs to take time off of work, the employer should not attempt to coerce the employee to postpone the jury duty service for any reason. However, the employee may be able to postpone the jury duty service for his or her own reasons, such as a planned vacation or an illness. Employers may be fined up to $1,000 per incident if an employee is discriminated against by the employer. If the employer terminates an employee for reasons that are related to the jury duty service, the employer could be required to pay for lost wages and benefits to the employee that lost his or her job.

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. The employee should also be able to return to work to have the same salary and benefits that the employee had prior to taking time off of work for jury duty service. Employers may require proof of service. CB

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