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Jury Duty Leave Rules in Tennessee

Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on May 25, 2012.

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Tennessee employers must provide employees with leave for jury duty in accordance with these state rules.

In Tennessee, employers may not discharge or in any manner discriminate against an employee because the employee is summoned for jury duty and gives the required notice prior to taking jury duty leave.

This provision does not apply to employers who regularly employ less than five employees.

Additionally, employees summoned for jury duty that work a night shift or a shift preceding the hours in which court is normally held, must be granted leave for the shift immediately preceding the employee's first day of jury duty. After the first day of service, when the employee's responsibility for jury duty exceeds three hours a day, then the employee must be granted leave from the next scheduled work period occurring within 24 hours of the day of jury duty.

Notice Requirements

An employee summoned for jury duty must exhibit the summons to the employer the next working day to be excused from employment for jury duty, if such service exceeds three hours.

Prior to each day's service, upon request of the juror, the person responsible shall provide the juror's employer with a statement that shows the number of hours that the employee spent serving as a juror if the service was less than three hours.

Paid Time Off

The employee is entitled to the usual compensation for employment, less the fee received for jury service (the employer has discretion not to deduct the fee).

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