Idaho Jury Duty/ Court Appearance laws & HR compliance analysis

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

Jury duty. 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. Because 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).
Private employers. State law does not require private employers to pay employees for absences caused by jury duty or court appearances.
State employers. State employers must grant an employee a leave of absence with pay for time spent during scheduled work hours on jury duty. In addition, the employee may keep any fees or mileage reimbursement received from the court.
State employers must also pay regular compensation to an employee subpoenaed or required to appear as a witness in any judicial or administrative proceeding in any capacity connected with official state duty.
The employer must reimburse the employee for any expenses (such as mileage, lodging, or meals) related to the court ...

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