Alaska Jury Duty/ Court Appearance laws & HR compliance analysis

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

Job protection. 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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Jurors are paid at a per diem rate beginning with the second day of service. State employees are not paid for jury service unless they serve on a day they were not scheduled to work for the state. All jurors are reimbursed for mileage if they live more than 30 miles from court at the rate paid to state employees.
Private employers. State law does not require private employers to pay employees for absences caused by jury duty or court appearances. 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 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 seem to be willing to reimburse their employees ...

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