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Georgia state law prohibits employers from penalizing employees for missing work to appear in court for jury duty or as a witness or to answer a summons or subpoena. However, you may count time off for court appearances if the employee is facing criminal charges.

Under the law, employers may not attempt to coerce or intimidate employees into avoiding court appearances. Also, you may not count the time off for such appearances against their attendance records or in any progressive discipline.

The Georgia code requires employees to give employers as much notice as possible of any pending court dates.

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Excerpted from Georgia's 11 Most Critical Employment Laws, a special bonus report available to subscribers of HR Specialist: Georgia Employment Law.

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