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What is Jury Duty Pay?

Employers in some states must pay their employees for the time spent on jury duty as a form of income protection known as jury duty pay.

Employers may be required to pay full-time workers their regular wages for the first five days of jury duty, as well as a portion of those wages, depending on the state.

How Much Does Jury Duty Pay?

Federal jurors are paid $50 per day. Although most jury trials are concluded in less than a week, jurors can earn up to $60 per day after participating in a trial for 10 days.

 Less than ten dollars a day are paid in five states.

  • Mississippi ($5.00)
  • New Jersey ($5.00)
  • Missouri ($6.00)
  • Texas ($6.00)
  • New Mexico ($7.50)

The daily jury fee is the highest, $50. Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, and South Dakota are the six states that make this payment available.

Do Employers Pay for Jury Duty?

You might need to pay employees for jury duty. Check out the federal and state jury duty laws.

  • Federal laws

 According to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), you are not required to compensate employees for time spent not working. This covers jury service.

 Therefore, in accordance with federal law, you are not required to compensate an employee who is absent from work due to jury duty.

  • State laws

The FLSA is superseded by state laws regarding jury duty pay. Nine states mandate jury duty pay; states are:

  • Connecticut
  • Nebraska
  • New York
  • Louisiana
  • Alabama
  • Colorado
  • Massachusetts
  • Tennessee

 Why does Jury Duty Pay so Little?

Jury duty pay varies depending on the jurisdiction, but it is frequently very little. There are several causes for this.

  • Jury duty is regarded as a civic responsibility, not a job.
  • Instead of being paid for work, compensation is given to cover expenses.
  • Jury duty only requires a small amount of time.
  • Many people are open to serving on juries without payment.
  • There might need to be more money in the legal system for compensation.
  •  Jury duty pay does not accurately reflect the value of the required time and effort.
  •  Compensation is given to cover costs only. It is not intended to encourage people to serve on juries.

Also, See: Sick Leave Pay

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