Hawaii Jury Duty/ Court Appearance laws & HR compliance analysis

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

Hawaii law prohibits an employer from discharging, threatening, or otherwise coercing an employee because he or she responds to a summons, attends court as a prospective juror or witness, or serves as a juror or witness.
An employee discharged in violation of this provision may sue for lost wages, reinstatement, and attorneys' fees (HI Rev. Stat. Sec. 612-25, Sec. 621-10.5).
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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. State workers are allowed reasonable time off with pay for jury or witness duty.
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.
Some courts pay jurors a small fee. When employers pay employees for time spent in jury service, the employer may offset any amount received by an employee for a particular week against the salary due for that particular week, or the employer may simply ...

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