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Require proof of jury service

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Before employees begin jury-duty leave, require them to show you a summons or other proof of service. Don't just take their word for it. Why the formality?

Case in point: The Miami-Dade County Clerk's office arrested an employee in December for falsely claiming federal jury duty for six months. He collected $17,388 in pay during his time away. The man was originally summoned for jury duty for one day, but the court didn't need him. Still, he continued his lie for six months until his boss finally asked for proof. He quickly resigned, and when the boss checked with the courthouse, he discovered that the man had never served on a jury at all.

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