Iowa Jury Duty/ Court Appearance laws & HR compliance analysis

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

Jury duty. Iowa law prohibits an employer from discharging or threatening an employee because he or she receives a notice to report, responds to the notice, serves as a juror, or attends court for prospective juror service.
Employers that violate the law may be charged with contempt of court and ordered to reinstate the employee and pay back wages and attorneys' fees (IA Code Sec. 607A.45).
Persons for whom serving on a jury would threaten their physical or economic well-being may be excused from jury service. Courts may allow an employer to testify why an employee's jury service should be delayed or excused (IA Code Sec. 607A.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 employers. A state employee must be compensated at his or her regular rate of pay for time spent during scheduled work hours on jury duty or appearing as a witness in a case pertaining to his or her job or where he or she is not involved as a plaintiff or defendant.
An employee is required to turn over to the state any compensation received from the court, other than reimbursement for travel or personal expenses. The employee must notify the employer promptly upon receiving the subpoena or summons and may be required to report for work if there will be at least 2 hours in the workday, allowing for travel time, when the employee is not needed in court (IA Admin. Code Sec. 11-63.12(8A)).
State employees called as witnesses in a case in which the employees are not directly involved as plaintiffs or defendants may apply for unpaid leave.
Best practices. Regardless of state law requirements, most employers do pay all employees called to ...

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