Oklahoma Jury Duty/ Court Appearance laws & compensation compliance analysis

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

Jury duty. Under Oklahoma law, jurors must be reinstated to their same position at the completion of jury duty.
It is illegal to discharge or discipline an employee for taking time off to serve as a juror, provided that the employee notifies his or her employer within a reasonable period of time after receipt of the jury summons.
It is also illegal to require or request an employee to use sick, annual, or vacation time when serving as a juror. However, an employee may decide of his or her own volition to use paid time leave for this absence.
Violation of this law is punishable by fine. In addition, discharged employees may sue the employer for actual and punitive damages (OK Stat. Tit. 38 Sec. 34 and Sec. 35).
Courts are required to automatically postpone and reschedule the service of a summoned juror who works for an employer with five or fewer full-time employees, or their equivalent, if another employee has previously been summoned to appear during the same period.
Court appearances. Oklahoma currently has no law regarding employees of private employers who miss work for a court appearance unrelated to their employment.
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Private employers. State law does not require private employers to pay employees for absences caused by jury duty or court appearances.
State employees—jury duty. Under Personnel Administration Rules, state employees are entitled to paid leave when subpoenaed to jury duty (OK Admin. Code Tit. 530 Sec. 10-15-46).
State employees—court appearance. When a state employee must testify in his or her official capacity before a court, agency, or commission, the employee is entitled to a leave of absence with regular compensation (OK Admin. Code Tit. 530 Sec. 10-15-46).
Best practices. Regardless of state law requirements, most employers do pay all employees called to jury duty or court appearances.

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