Kentucky Jury Duty/ Court Appearance laws & HR compliance analysis

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

Jury duty. An employer may not discharge, threaten, or otherwise penalize an employee for attending court for prospective jury service or for serving as a juror.
An employee who is discharged in violation of this provision may be entitled to lost wages, reinstatement with full seniority and benefits, damages, and attorneys' fees, provided that the suit is filed within 90 days of discharge (KY Rev. Stat. Sec. 29A.160).
Any employer that violates this provision is guilty of a misdemeanor (KY Rev. Stat. Sec. 29A.990).
Court appearance. An employer may not discharge an employee for responding to a subpoena to appear in any local, state, or federal court provided that the employee gives notice to the employer by presenting a copy of the court certificate.
An employee who is discharged in violation of this provision may be entitled to lost wages, reinstatement, and attorneys' fees (KY Rev. Stat. Sec. 337.415).
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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.
Public employees. Public employees are entitled to serve as jurors or respond to a subpoena to be witnesses without loss of pay or accrued annual leave unless the employees or a member of their family is a party to the proceeding (101 KAR 3:015(4)).
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 ...

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