Employers Can’t Discourage Employees From Jury Service

Effective October 1, 2012, an employer can’t deprive an individual of employment or coerce, intimidate, or threaten to discharge an employee due to time lost because of court mandated jury service. The new legislation prohibits an employer from requiring an employee who spends four or more hours in one day, including travel time, in jury service, to start a work shift that begins on or after 5 p.m. on the day of jury service or before 3 a.m. on the following day. An employer violating the law is subject to a fine not to exceed $1,000.

For more information about this new legislation or for more information on Maryland labor and employment law contact PK Law Labor and Employment Attorneys Rochelle S. Eisenberg at, Leslie R. Stellman at or Edmund J. O’Meally at or go to