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JSIA South Carolina

Posted by Diane

The Jury Systems Improvement Act is a federal Act that is in place for employers and their employees in states across the country, including employers and employees that are in the state of South Carolina. The Act is in place in order to ensure that when an employee receives a jury duty summons, the employer does not discriminate against the employee for needing to take time away from work in order to serve on the jury.

Employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees for taking jury duty time off. They also must not terminate employees that have taking jury duty time off or that will be taking jury duty time off. If an employer does discriminate against an employee for taking time off, the employer may be fined up to $1,000 per instance, per employee. Also, if the employer terminates an employee for taking time off, the employer could have to pay for lost wages and benefits to the employee that was terminated for taking time off.

Employees may be able to postpone jury duty service for their own reasons. For example, if an employee has a planned vacation or an illness, the employee may be able to postpone the jury duty service to a later date. However, the employer must not coerce the employee or attempt to coerce the employee to take the time off.

Employers continue to provide employees with benefits during the period of jury duty service as long as the employer had provided the employee with benefits on a normal basis. For example, if the employer provides health insurance, the employer should continue to provide the employee with health insurance during the time off.

When the employee returns to work at the end of the period of time off, the employer should provide the employee with the same job or an equivalent job. Also, the employee should receive the same salary and benefits that they had prior to taking the time off. CB

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