HR Hotline: Is an Employee Owed Regular Wages While on Jury Duty?
Q: A part-time employee has informed us that she has been summoned for jury duty in state court and told us she expects to be paid regular wages for the missed time. Is that our obligation?
A: Connecticut’s jury duty law distinguishes between jurors who are employed full-time and those employed part-time.
Full-time employed jurors (those normally required to work at least 30 hours per week) must be paid their regular wages for the first five days of jury service.
Beginning on the sixth day of jury service, all jurors are paid $50.00 per day by the state, regardless of their employment status.
Part-time employed jurors, working fewer than 30 hours per week, are not entitled to wages from their employer for jury-duty time but may be eligible for reimbursement up to $50 per day from the state for out-of-pocket expenses—childcare, parking, and transportation costs—for the first five days of jury service. They must request reimbursement using a Juror Application for Reimbursement from the state Judicial Branch.
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