Ohio Jury Duty/ Court Appearance laws & HR compliance analysis

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

Jury duty. An employer may not fire, threaten to fire, or take any disciplinary action that could lead to the firing of an employee who takes time off to serve as a juror, as long as the employee has given reasonable notice. An employer may not require or request an employee to use annual, vacation, or sick leave for time spent to serve as a juror or time spent responding to a summons for jury duty (OH Rev. Code Sec. 2313.18et seq.).
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If an employer with 25 or fewer full-time employees has an employee who has been summoned to appear as a juror, and a second employee is summoned to appear during the same term or part of a term by the same court, the court, upon receipt of this information from the employer or employee, will postpone and reschedule the service of the second employee.
Court appearance. An employer may not fire, discipline, or penalize an employee who is a victim, a member of a victim's family, or a victim's representative, for participating in the preparation of a criminal or delinquency proceeding at a prosecutor's request, or pursuant to a subpoena, or for attending a criminal or delinquency proceeding upon receiving a subpoena if the attendance is reasonably necessary to protect the interests of the victim (OH Rev. Code Sec. 2930.18).
Witnesses. Employers must grant leave and may not take adverse employment action or retaliate against employees because they appear as witnesses in criminal, delinquency, or grand jury proceedings, their appearance is necessary to protect the interests of a victim of violence, or because they assist prosecutors in preparing criminal cases (OH Rev. Code Sec. 2151.211, 2930.18, 2939.121, and 2945.451).
Penalties. Employers that violate the jury duty or court ...

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