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Jury duty: How to manage leave requests and pay issues

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THE LAW. No one is immune from jury duty. Even Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer was called for duty in his Massachusetts hometown. Al-though Breyer was dismissed from the pool, typical working stiffs can't expect to be so lucky. And their employers will have to cope.

Judges take jury duty very seriously. You should do the same.

You must allow employees time off for service, and you can't retaliate against them for it. But, in most states, you aren't required to pay them while they're on jury duty. Still, 87 percent of employers do offer paid leave for jury-duty service, according to a government study. Some states, such as Tennessee, require employers who offer other types of paid leave to provide paid leave for jury duty.

Courts typically give jurors at least 30 days' notice. Employers can use the same notification requirement that the FMLA mandates: Employees must provide at least 30 days' notice when leav...(register to read more)

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