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Jury duty for a week: Must we pay exempt worker?

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Q. One of our salaried employees was picked for a grand jury. She’ll be away about one week per month. Do we have to pay her during jury duty? She will be checking in via BlackBerry daily. — L.L., Wisconsin

A. You do not need to pay exempt employees for the week if no work was performed during that week. However, if she does any work during that time, she needs to be paid for the entire week. You stated that she will be checking in daily via BlackBerry and, therefore, it’s likely she will be doing at least some work during that week. Thus, her weekly salary must be paid. If she is nonexempt, you need to pay her for only the time that she works.

For more details on jury duty leave and a link to state jury-duty leave laws, go to www.theHRSpecialist.com/juryduty.

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