Iowa Jury Duty/ Court Appearance laws & compensation compliance analysis

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

Job protection. Iowa law prohibits an employer from discharging or threatening an employee because he or she receives a notice to report, responds to the notice, serves as a juror, or attends court for prospective juror service. Employers that violate the law may be charged with contempt of court and ordered to reinstate the employee and pay up to 6 weeks' back wages and attorneys' fees (IA Code Sec. 607A.45).
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Reasons for excusal from jury service. Persons for whom serving on a jury would threaten their physical or economic well-being may be excused from jury service. Courts may allow an employer to testify why an employee's jury service should be delayed or excused (IA Code Sec. 607A.5et seq.).
Witness service. There is no specific Iowa law that addresses employees of private employers called to witness service.
Jurors and prospective jurors receive a per diem payment and reimbursement for travel and parking as determined by the clerk of the court (IA Code Sec. 607A.8).
Private employers. Iowa does not require private employers to pay employees for time away from work for jury duty or court appearance. Although not required to do so, many private employers do pay all employees called to jury duty or court appearances, regardless of exempt or nonexempt status (see Federal Law Considerations for Exempt Employees in this section for further details).
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 achieved by protecting the employee from loss of income and by making the necessary arrangements to cover for him or her during ...

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Iowa Jury Duty/ Court Appearance Resources

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Checklists Jury Duty Checklist
Policies Jury Duty and/or Court Appearance Policy
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