Utah Jury Duty/ Court Appearance laws & HR compliance analysis

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

Jury duty. An employer may not discharge, threaten, or otherwise coerce an employee because the employee responds to a summons for jury service or serves as a juror or grand juror. Further, an employer may not require an employee to use annual vacation or sick time for time spent in response to a summons or for jury service (UT Code Sec. 78B-1-116).
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An employer that violates these provisions is guilty of criminal contempt and may be fined up to $500, imprisoned for up to 6 months, or both. An employee discharged in violation of this section may sue the employer within 30 days of discharge for reinstatement and up to 6 weeks of lost wages.
Court appearance. An employer may not discharge or otherwise coerce or threaten an employee because he or she responded to a subpoena or was summoned to a deposition or hearing (UT Code Sec. 78B-1-132).
Employers that violate this law are guilty of criminal contempt and face a fine and possible imprisonment. The employer may also face civil action for lost wages and attorneys' fees.
Jurors in Utah are paid a per diem amount that increases after the first day, as well as mileage if the juror lives more than 50 miles from the court.
Private employers. Private employers are not required to pay employees for absences resulting from jury duty or court appearance. 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.
Employers that do pay employees their normal rate of compensation may ask them to turn over any jury fees to the company.
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 ...

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