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The Jury Systems Improvement Act is a federal Act that is in place in order to ensure that employees in all states can take time away from work in order to serve on a jury. When an employee needs to take time away from work, the employer cannot discriminate against the employee for reasons that are directly related to the jury duty service.

The JSIA is in place for all states, including Wisconsin. Employees should notify the employer at once when they receive a jury duty summons so that the employer can make accommodations for the employee’s absence from work. Employers may not use this jury duty service as a reason to discriminate against employees.

When an employer is making an employment-related decision about employees, such as a decision about hiring, promoting, training, or otherwise, the jury duty service may not be factored into consideration. If an employer is guilty of discriminating against an employee for reasons related to jury duty service, the employer could be fined up to $1,000 per employee, per instance. The employer may also be fined up to $1,000 per employee, per instance if the employer terminates an employee for reasons related to jury duty service. Additionally, the employer could have to pay for lost wages and benefits to the employee.

Employers need to continue to provide normal benefits to employees during the time when the employees serve on the jury. For example, if the employer provides health care, the employer should continue to provide health care to the employees.

Employees may be able to postpone the jury duty service for personal reasons, such as a planned vacation or an illness. However, they may not postpone jury duty service because of coercion from the employer. Employees should also 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 as well as the same salary and benefits that the employee had prior to taking time off for service. CB

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