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What are my options? Employee’s on jury duty

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Q. One of my employees was called to jury duty and assigned to a lengthy trial. What are my obligations to this employee? Do I have to grant paid leave? May I permanently replace the employee if I cannot afford to hold the position open?

A. Public employers in New Jersey must excuse employees whenever they are required to be present for jury duty, and must pay them their regular compensation, less the court’s per diem fee. Private employers, however, are not subject to those requirements.

It is, however, illegal for any employer, public or private, to punish, terminate or discriminate against an employee for attending court to serve jury duty.

Thus, if you are a private employer, you don’t have to provide your employees with paid leave for jury duty, but you also may not terminate or replace them.

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