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Posted by Diane

The Jury Systems Improvement Act is a federal Act that is in place in order to ensure that employees can take time away from work if they need to serve on a jury. The Act is in place for states across the country, including the state of Nevada. When an employee needs to take this time away from work to serve on a jury, the employer cannot discriminate against the employee for reasons that are directly related to the jury duty service.

If an employee receives a jury duty summons, the employee should notify the employer immediately of the upcoming jury duty service so that the employer can make accommodations. However, the employer may not discriminate against the employee for reasons that are based on the jury duty service.

The employer also may not terminate an employee that needs to take time away from work to serve on a jury. If an employer is guilty of discriminating against an employee for reasons related to the jury duty service, the employer could be fined up to $1,000 per employee, per instance. The employer may also have to pay for lost wages and benefits to the employee.

Employees can sometimes postpone jury duty service for reasons that are unrelated to employment. For example, an employee may be able to postpone jury duty service in order to fulfill a planned vacation or because of an illness. The employer may not coerce or attempt to coerce an employee to postpone the jury duty service for any reason.

Employers should also continue to provide employees with benefits during their time of leave, such as health care, if health care had been provided. At the end of the period of jury duty service, employees should be able to return to work to have the same job or an equivalent job as well as the same salary and benefits that the employee had prior to taking time off of work. CB

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