Idaho Jury Duty/ Court Appearance laws & HR compliance analysis

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

Job protection. Idaho law prohibits employers from disciplining, discharging, threatening, or requiring extra hours of work from any employee who is summoned for or serves on a jury (ID Code Sec. 2-218). Employers that violate this provision are guilty of criminal contempt and may be fined. In addition, an employer may be ordered to reinstate the employee and pay triple damages, including lost pay and attorneys' fees.
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Work-related excuses. As most jurors are employed, it is unlikely that an employee would be excused from jury duty for a work-related reason. However, an employer may provide the court with a letter documenting how the jury service of the particular employee would severely and adversely affect the business's survival.
Court appearance. State employers must permit any employee to attend court when he or she is required to appear as a witness or a party in any proceeding not connected with official state duty. The employee may use accrued leave or leave without pay (ID Admin. Code Sec. 15.04.01.250.08).
Jurors in Idaho can be paid a small per diem for half or full days of jury service, plus mileage, as determined by the county commissioners of the county where the juror resides (ID Code Sec. 2-215).
Additional compensation is available for those whose distance from the courthouse requires overnight stays. The amount varies by location and time of year.
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, most employers do pay all employees called to jury duty or a court appearance, regardless of exempt or nonexempt status.
The prevailing attitude among employers is that an ...

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