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Leave of Absence for Jury Duty or Court Appearances

Leave of Absence for Jury Duty or Court Appearances

Purpose: To provide regular administrative and support staff with leave of absence for jury duty and court appearances.

Policy Statement: The College encourages employees to serve jury duty when asked to do so. The College will continue to pay normal salary to staff who have been subpoenaed for jury duty. Staff who are required to testify in court on behalf of the College will receive regular pay; staff who appear in court on personal matters may use vacation pay or may request leave without pay.

Procedures:

1. Staff who have been subpoenaed for jury duty must provide a copy of the subpoena to his or her supervisor as far in advance as possible. If the employee's absence will place an unreasonable burden on other members of the department, the supervisor may write a letter to the court asking that jury duty be deferred.

2. Employees absent due to jury duty will receive regular pay and should not receive payment for jury duty from the court system in accordance with recently changed State Law. One may retain any amount paid for mileage reimbursement in conjunction with jury duty.

3. Non-exempt employees must note absences due to jury duty on the timesheet. Exempt staff are not required to note absences due to jury duty on the monthly absence report. Employees reporting for jury duty who are excused before 2:00 p.m. are expected to report to work for the rest of the day.

4. Staff who are asked to testify in court on behalf of the College will receive regular pay, minus any witness fees.

5. Employees who must appear in court on personal matters, who are subpoenaed to appear as a witness, or who are hired as an expert witness, may use vacation pay during their absence from work. If no vacation leave is available, the employee may request an unpaid personal leave.

Approved by the Executive Council, June 24, 1992.
Revised on May 31, 2002.

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