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Apr07

Jury Duty Pay

My company has more than ten employees. One of my employees served jury duty for eight days. How much am I obligated to pay him?

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require employers to pay non-exempt employees for any time off taken to fulfill jury duties. However, exempt employees must be paid their full salary for any week during which the employee performs any work, including checking and responding to work related voicemails and emails. The only circumstance during which an exempt employee is not guaranteed his full salary while on jury duty is if he performs no work in the given work week. An exempt employee’s salary may be offset by any compensation that the employee receives from the courts for his or her jury service.

Some states mandate employers to pay all or a portion of an employee’s regular wages during jury duty. You’re welcome to re-post your question with the specific state listed and we can better answer your question.

Keep in mind, federal law prohibits an employer from discharging, threatening to discharge, intimidating or coercing any employee based upon the employee’s jury duty. Also, federal law requires that any employee who takes jury duty leave be treated in the same way as all other employees who are on a leave of absence with respect to employment benefits and job restoration.

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