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Old 01-07-2020, 03:11 PM   #1
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A friend asked me if we pay our employees for jury duty? His foreman got picked.

I have never had one picked, but can't imagine not paying. Apparently of they aren't salary exempt in Texas you dont have to pay them for it.

I can see where it could be a major issue for the employer. Do you or do you not?

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Old 01-07-2020, 04:18 PM   #2
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Wife gets paid.
Of course she works for a law firm so that would really set a bad example if they didn't.

In NJ you get paid $5 a day if you sit on a jury I think.

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Wife gets paid.
Of course she works for a law firm so that would really set a bad example if they didn't.

In NJ you get paid $5 a day if you sit on a jury I think.
I mean as an employer would you pay wages

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Re: Jury Duty


Jury duty is a legit reason to miss work, but I wouldn't pay an employee a full days wages if they weren't working. They could opt to use use some of their paid time off PTO if they can't live with a short paycheck.
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Depends on the employee but for most I'd probably pay them and ask them to make up the hours.

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If paid, it kind of takes away from the civic duty aspect doesn't it?

Luckily my crew hasn't been called. Seems my wife and I get a notice every year or two, but have not had to serve on a jury here.

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Wife gets paid.
Of course she works for a law firm so that would really set a bad example if they didn't.

In NJ you get paid $5 a day if you sit on a jury I think.
CT pays double that.

If I had an employee I might pay for 3 days, after that they're on their own.

I wouldn't pay myself so.....
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WTF if you're guy ends up on a OJ style trial, you gunna pay then..

I have often wondered if you can get a pass based on serving will cause a financial hard ship..

Maybe the statement he must be guilty why else would i be here, will get you back to work by lunchtime
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WTF if you're guy ends up on a OJ style trial, you gunna pay then..

I have often wondered if you can get a pass based on serving will cause a financial hard ship..

Maybe the statement he must be guilty why else would i be here, will get you back to work by lunchtime
They dismissed me during selection because of financial hardship. That was over 10 years ago and havenít received a notice since. I didnít even say anything. They brought me in, one of the attorneys said they saw I was self employed and asked if serving on a jury would pose a financial hardship. I said yes and they said ok, youíre dismissed.
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The last time I had to show, they asked if anyone was opposed to large settlements from insurance companies....

I stood and said yeah, I own a business, pay a ton of money to insure my business, these large payouts come from somewhere, I am part of that somewhere.

Dismissed.

My Mom was called up a couple years after her passing.

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Some places will have them turn over their jury duty pay to the company then pay them their normal wage.
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Kind of a sticky situation. A lot of employees in construction can't handle a few days without pay very well. But is it really the employer's responsibility to pay for their civic duty?

And as mentioned, what if it's a month long trial?
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WTF if you're guy ends up on a OJ style trial, you gunna pay then..

I have often wondered if you can get a pass based on serving will cause a financial hard ship..

Maybe the statement he must be guilty why else would i be here, will get you back to work by lunchtime
I've gotten off on every jury duty because of work hardship. Self employed sole proprietor.
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so far, I pay, only ever been 1 crew lead that asked for it, after two days, he was ready to come back to work and never see the inside of a court room again, I think the our policy is up to one week paid
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I just got summoned as a standby juror, have to call in Friday night to see if I need to go to the courthouse Monday morning.

Wonder if I should pay myself?

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They dismissed me during selection because of financial hardship. That was over 10 years ago and havenít received a notice since. I didnít even say anything. They brought me in, one of the attorneys said they saw I was self employed and asked if serving on a jury would pose a financial hardship. I said yes and they said ok, youíre dismissed.
Same thing with me.
I get a notice every few years. Used to be just check the box on the card for hardship and mail back...done.

Last year though they wouldn't let you mail a card. You had to go to the courthouse and tell them it was a hardship. How stupid was that?
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As to the original question, I haven't had any ofmy guys get called, not sure what I'd do.
I got called once when I was working for my uncle, all I got was the $40 per day from the state, and I was making a hell of alot less than my guys are....

Still not sure what I'll do when the time comes, I'll have to cogitate on it awhile.

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I've had to go to selection and didn't get picked- it sucks just going, think the pay was $40/day. What sucks more is that the 'jury of your peers' part is BS because everyone with anything worthwhile going on in their lives and/or at least half a brain.(to get out of it) Guess the silver lining there is DAs do 1 of 2 things 99% of the time:

1-Overcharge like crazy then take a plea for the 'conviction' of a small charge- then politic based on their 99.9% conviction rate.

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2-Dismissing cases where it isn't irrefutable/slam dunk because the defendant has the means to pay a decent lawyer/defend themselves.(avoid the loss, keeps the conviction rate up)
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We just have to call every morning for 5 days. I've never had to go further than that. It's nice because I can go about my day.


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It's good you would think to do that, John, but I think it's a little over the top and could cause issues if the case get drawn out. Maybe split the difference and do half wages for up to 10 days? That way you're splitting the bill with the employee and keeping them from hitting hard times but, as others have said, it's their civic duty.

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