Maine Jury Duty/ Court Appearance laws & HR compliance analysis

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

Jury duty. An employer may not threaten, coerce, or deprive an employee of employment or health insurance because the employee has been summoned for jury service, serves as a juror, or attends court for prospective jury service. An employer that violates this is subject to criminal prosecution (ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 14 Sec. 1218).
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Court appearance. Maine law does not address employee absences for court appearances.
Penalties. An employer who discharges an employee or terminates health insurance because of jury service may be liable for lost wages and/or health insurance benefits and required to reinstate the employee, provided that the suit is filed within 90 days of discharge. The employer may also be ordered to pay up to 6 weeks' worth of wages in damages as well as reasonable attorney's fees (ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 14 Sec. 1218).
Jurors in Maine receive per diem compensation for attendance at jury duty as well as mileage reimbursement (ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 14 Sec. 1215).
Maine law does not require employers to pay employees for absences due to jury duty (ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 14 Sec. 1218).
Although not required to do so, many employers do pay all employees called to jury duty or court appearances, regardless of exempt or nonexempt status. The prevailing attitude among employers is that an employee summoned to serve on a jury or to testify has a civic obligation to do so 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 the necessary arrangements to cover for him or her during the required absence.
This is not to say that problems won't arise when an individual is kept out of work for weeks at ...

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