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JSIA North Carolina


Posted by Diane

The Jury Systems Improvement Act is a federal act that is in place for states across the country, including the state of North Carolina. According to the Act, employers cannot discriminate against employees that need to take time away from work in order to serve on a jury.

If an employee gets summoned to serve on a jury, the employer cannot take that jury duty service into consideration when making any employment-related decisions about the employee, such as a decision related to hiring, promoting, compensating, staffing, training, or termination. The employer also must not coerce or attempt to coerce the employee to postpone jury duty service.

Employees may be able to postpone jury duty service for their own reasons, such as for a planned vacation or in order to treat an illness. However, the reason for the postponement must have nothing to do with coercion from the employer.

When the employee takes time away from work to serve on the jury, the employer should continue to provide the employee with reasonable benefits that wee provided normally, such as health care. When the employee returns to work at the end of the period of jury duty service, the employer should ensure that the employee has the same job, salary and benefits that he or she had prior to taking time off of work to serve.

Employers may have to pay up to $1,000 per employee, per instance, if they discriminate against an employee for reasons that are related to jury duty service. If an employer terminates an employee for service, the employer may have to pay for lost wages and benefits as well. The employer may require that the employee provide proof of the jury duty service, such as a copy of the jury duty summons or a note from the clerk of the court for each day served. CB

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