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Arkansas Jury Duty/ Court Appearance: What you need to know

Jury duty. An employer may not discharge an employee because of absence from work as a result of jury duty. An employee may not be penalized with loss of sick leave or vacation time or subjected to any other penalty because of absence as a result of jury duty.
Employees are required to give reasonable notice to the employer if summoned for jury duty. Employers that violate this provision are guilty of a Class A misdemeanor (AR Code Sec. 16-31-106).
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Court appearance. In addition to compliance with the law regarding jury duty, public employers may not discharge or penalize (in any of the ways described under Jury duty in this section) an employee who serves as a witness (AR Code Sec. 21-4-213;AR Admin. Code Sec. 105.9.1).
Jurors in Arkansas are paid a per diem attendance fee; the amount of the fee is determined by the county.
Private employers. Arkansas law does not require private employers to pay employees for absences resulting from jury duty or court appearances. Although not required to do so, many employers do pay all employees called to jury duty or court appearances regardless of exempt or nonexempt status.
Some courts pay jurors a small fee, and the employer may offset any amounts received by an employee for a particular week against the salary due for that particular week.
State employers. State employers are required to grant paid leave to any employee serving as a juror in state or federal court. Employees may keep any fees paid by the court. This paid leave does not count toward an employee's annual leave (AR Code Secs. 21-4-213 and 21-5-104 and AR Admin. Code Sec. 105.9.1).
Employees who work night shifts are entitled to leave on the night shift of any day on which they serve (AR ...

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