Nebraska - Jury Duty Employer Obligations
Nebraska - Jury Duty and Work | Employer Obligations
in Nebraska, your employer is not only required to give you leave for jury duty, but they are required to pay you your normal wages for all working hours spent at jury selection or jury duty. This is a rare guarantee, as most states only require that employees be provided with unpaid leave for serving on a jury.
Your employer can never punish you for missing work to attend jury duty. However, if missing work would cause your employer undue hardship, it may be considered as an acceptable jury duty excuse.
An employee summoned for jury service must be excused for the days required to serve without loss of pay.
The employer may choose to pay full wage; or to reduce regular wages by the amount equal to any compensation (other than expenses) that is paid by the courts for jury duty; or alternatively the employee may donate the court's compensation and keep regular full wages as paid by their employer.
You will receive a nominal jury duty payment from the State of Nebraska for each day you serve on a jury, as well as potential reimbursements for travel expenses. However, jury duty pay tends to be a token amount rather than actual compensation.
No employer shall discharge an employee or subject them to loss of pay, loss of sick leave, loss of vacation time, or any other form of penalty due to their obligation for jury duty.
You should be sure to show your employer your Nebraska jury duty summons letter when you receive it, and update them with your jury duty dates if you are assigned to a trial, to ensure that you receive your mandatory time off.
An employer may be found guilty of Class IV misdemeanor which is punishable by a fine between $100 to $500.
If you have been punished for missing work due to jury duty, contact the joror office of the court that summoned you, and they will assist in ensuring that your rights are protected.