Rhode Island Jury Duty/ Court Appearance: What you need to know

In Rhode Island, persons are rarely excused from jury service or have their service postponed. There are no blanket reasons for excusal; each case is separately addressed. Reasons for excusal or postponement could include urgent physical or mental illness or extreme hardship. Jurors are excused from attendance whenever their presence would most likely not be required.
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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 wage increases, promotions, longevity benefits, or any other benefit because of absence as a result of jury duty. Employers that violate this provision are guilty of a misdemeanor (RI Gen. Laws Sec. 9-9-28).
Jurors in Rhode Island are paid a per diem attendance fee (RI Gen. Laws Sec. 9-29-5).
Rhode Island law does not require private employers to pay employees for absences because of jury duty or court appearance, unless such payment is included in a contract or collective bargaining agreement.
Although not required to do so, many employers do pay employees called to jury duty or court appearances for the full period of leave regardless of exempt or nonexempt status. (See Federal Law Considerations for Exempt Employees in this section for more information.)
Public sector. When public employees are paid by their employer for time spent performing jury duty, the time is counted as hours worked for purposes of overtime compensation (RI Gen. Laws Sec. 36-4-63).
The prevailing attitude among employers is that an employee summoned to serve on a jury or to testify has a civic obligation to do so and that it is the company's responsibility to support the fulfillment of that obligation. This is ...

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