By Mark Soycher
CBIA HR Counsel
Q: A part-time employee has been called to jury duty. Are we obligated to pay her for the time served as a juror?
A: The law does not require that part-time workers be paid while on jury duty. However, Connecticut’s “one-day, one-trial” jury service law requires that all full-time employed jurors be paid regular wages for the first five days of jury service.
A “full-time employed juror” is an employee who holds a position that requires thirty hours or more of service in each week that is neither temporary nor casual. A full-time employed juror also includes an employee holding a position through a temp service that normally requires 30 or more hours of service per week and who has been working in that position for more than 90 days.
A person is considered a full-time employed juror on any day of jury service in which he or she would have earned regular wages if not for serving jury duty that day, or would have worked at least one-half of a shift that extends into another day if not for serving jury duty.
If jury service extends beyond five days, the state judicial system provides the employee/juror $50 per day, and no additional wages are owed by the employer for such days. Job-protected time off, however, is still required for the remainder of jury service.
Any juror who has served eight hours of jury duty in any one day shall be deemed to have worked a legal day’s work, and an employer may not require the juror/employee to work additional hours that day. A juror excused from jury service after less than eight hours’ jury duty may be required to report to work for the remainder of the scheduled workday in order to receive full pay for that day.
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