Jury duty is an important civic duty. Of course it may disrupt your day-to-day life. Fortunately employers are prohibited from penalizing their employees for taking time off for jury service.
Does My Employer Have to Give me Time Off for Jury Duty?
Yes, your employer must give you time off to complete your jury service. Also, Nebraska state law prohibits your employer for penalizing you for having to serve. Your employer cannot apply any of your accumulated sick leave or vacation time to the days you miss work for jury duty. Your employer cannot fire you for needing days off for jury duty. Neb. Rev. Stat. § 25-1640.
Does My Employer Have to Pay Me for Days I am on Jury Duty?
Yes, your employer must pay you your regular wages for the days you are serving jury duty. The employer may deduct the $35.00 juror fee paid by the state from the employee’s wages.
It is the employee’s duty to give their employer reasonable notice that a jury summons has been received. Click here for more information explaining jury service and employer duties.
How did I get chosen to receive a Jury Summons?
Typically the jury pool is drawn randomly from drivers license records or voting registration lists, so the likelihood of being summoned for jury duty are high. However, the odds of actually being selected to serve on a jury are much lower. A 2012 survey found that 27% of U.S. adults said they had served on a jury.
Why is Jury Duty so important?
Jurors are an important component to our nation’s jurisprudence. The administration of justice requires fair and impartial fact-finders. When it comes to criminal court, your jury service could make your community safer by getting a criminal off the streets.
When it comes to civil court, your jury service can stop bad behavior by defendants whose behavior has already caused harm to people. A verdict against a liable defendant prevents future injuries to others and preventing dangerous behavior makes our world safer for all of us. While this cannot undo the harm done to the plaintiff already injured, it can and does prevent future injuries to others.
To those of you who have responded to the call for jury duty, thank you. While you may not be initially excited about jury duty, we hope if you are summoned in the future, you appreciate how important your service will be to stop dangerous behavior, and to making our community safer for our children, families, and neighbors.
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