OLR Bill Analysis

SB 348 (File 439, as amended by Senate "A")*

AN ACT CONCERNING EMPLOYMENT PROTECTIONS FOR AN EMPLOYEE WHO SERVES AS A STATE OR FEDERAL JUROR.

SUMMARY:

Existing law prohibits employers from depriving an employee of his or her employment, or threatening or otherwise coercing the employee with respect to such employment, because the employee serves as a juror. This bill specifies that this applies to both state and federal jury service. By law, (1) employers who violate this provision are subject to up to 30 days in prison, a fine of up to $500, or both and (2) unlawfully discharged employees may sue for up to 10 weeks' lost wages and reinstatement (CGS 51-247a (c), (d)).

Under existing law, a person is excused from state jury service for three years if he or she appears in court for jury service and was not excused. The bill specifies that this applies to someone who appeared for (1) jury service in state and federal courts and (2) grand jury service in federal court.

*Senate Amendment “A” adds the provision specifying that the three-year jury exemption applies to people who appeared for (1) jury service in state or federal court and (2) federal grand jury service.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2016

COMMITTEE ACTION

Judiciary Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

43

Nay

0

(03/21/2016)

Labor and Public Employees Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

13

Nay

0

(04/19/2016)