Wisconsin Jury Duty/ Court Appearance laws & HR compliance analysis

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

Jury duty. Wisconsin law requires employers to give employees time off for jury service without adverse effect on seniority or pay raises. In addition, employers are prohibited from discharging or disciplining employees for serving as jurors (WI Gen. Stat. Sec. 756.2555).
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Court appearance. Similarly, an employer may not discharge an employee who has been subpoenaed to testify in a criminal case. However, the employee must notify the employer of the subpoena on or before the first business day after receiving the subpoena (WI Gen. Stat. Sec. 103.87).
Penalties. Violation of either the jury duty or the court appearance provision carries a fine and entitles the employee to reinstatement and back pay (WI Gen. Stat. Sec. 756.255 and Sec. 103.87).
Compensation to jurors. Summoned jurors receive an amount set by their county; some counties pay jurors in half-day increments.
Private employers. Wisconsin law does not generally require private employers to pay employees while they are absent for jury duty or court appearance. However, if a person is subpoenaed to testify in a criminal action or proceeding against the employer or an incident involving the person during the course of his or her employment, the employer may not decrease or withhold the employee's pay for any time lost resulting from compliance with the subpoena (WI Gen. Stat. Sec. 103.87).
Although not generally required to do so, most employers do pay all employees called to jury duty or court appearances. Some employers choose to offset any amounts received by an employee for a particular week against the salary due for that particular week.
Public employers. Public employees who are called to jury duty are entitled to a paid leave of absence ...

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