Alaska Jury Duty/ Court Appearance laws & HR compliance analysis

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

Jury duty. An employer may not discharge, coerce, or penalize an employee who is summoned for jury service, serves as a juror, or attends court for prospective jury service (AK Stat. Sec. 09.20.037).
Employers that violate this section can be sued and may be ordered to pay lost wages and other damages or reinstate a discharged employee.
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Court appearance—private employers. Employees of private employers who have been victims of a crime cannot be penalized by their employers for taking time off from work to testify in court. Employers are not obligated to pay employees for their absence.
Court appearance—state employees. Full-time state employees subpoenaed as witnesses must be provided administrative leave with pay; however, any compensation they receive from the court must be deducted from their pay.
Private employers. State law does not require private employers to pay employees for absences caused by jury duty or court appearances.
Public employers. Public employers must grant paid administrative leave to a full-time employee called to jury service or subpoenaed as a witness.
Compensation from the court for jury duty or witness service is deducted from the individual's pay (AK Stat. Sec. 39.20.270).
Best practices. Regardless of state law requirements, most employers do pay all employees called to jury duty or court appearances.
The prevailing attitude among employers is that an employee summoned to serve on a jury or to testify has a civic obligation 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 the required absence.
This is not to say that problems won't arise when an individual is kept out of work for weeks at a time or when an employee in a position of crucial importance is called to jury or witness duty unexpectedly. But, for the most part, employers are willing to reimburse their employees for a reasonable length of time spent serving on a jury or as a witness.

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