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Posted by Diane

Employees in the state of Oregon are covered by a federal Act called the Jury Systems Improvement Act if they need to take time off of work in order to serve on a jury. The Act is in place in order to ensure that employees can take time away from work and not lose their jobs as a consequence. Because it is a federal Act, it actually applies to employees that work in all states, not just Oregon.

When an employee receives a jury duty summons, the employee should notify the employer of the upcoming jury duty service so that the employer can make accommodations for the employee’s absence. The employer may not discriminate against the employee that needs to take time away from work in order to serve on a jury. Also, the employer cannot terminate the employee because of the jury duty service.

If an employer does discriminate against an employee for jury duty service or if an employer terminates an employee for service, the employer could be fined up to $1,000 per instance, per employee. Also, the employer may need to pay for lost wages and benefits to the employee that was terminated because of his or her jury duty service.

When an employee receives a jury duty summons, the employee does not have to serve on the jury. In many cases, the employee can postpone the jury duty service for their own reasons, such as an illness or a planned vacation. However, it is important to note that when the employee postpones the jury duty service, the postponement must have nothing to do with the employer. Employers are prohibited from coercing or attempting to coerce employees to postpone jury duty service.

Employers must also continue to provide employees with regular benefits during their time away from work, such as health insurance, if the employer provided health insurance regularly. When the employee returns to work at the end of the period of jury duty service, the employer could provide the employee with the same job or with an equivalent job as the one that the employee left behind as well as the same salary and benefits. CB

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