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.
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).