Jury Duty or Voting Time
By state statute, employees who are called to jury duty are granted a leave of absence without loss of time in service (seniority) (s. 756.255, Wis. Stat.).
Classified non-represented employees are entitled to leave with pay without using accrued paid leave when called to jury duty during regularly scheduled work periods. Proper notification to your employer is expected. While on jury duty you will receive your regular salary in addition to juror pay. When not impaneled for actual service and only on call, you are expected to report to work (s. ER 18.10, Wis. Adm. Code).
Represented employees should refer to their union contract for further information. Unclassified staff should consult their payroll or benefit office for the practice at their institution.
LTE's are ineligible for paid jury duty.
TIME OFF FOR VOTING
By state statute, an employee who is eligible to vote in an election and who finds it impossible to vote during non-working hours may be absent from work to vote for up to three hours, without penalty other than a deduction for time lost. The employee must notify the employer before election day and the employer can designate the time of the absence (s. 6.76, Wis. Stats.)
According to Department of Employee Relations guidelines, classified non-represented employees may be granted up to three hours of time off for voting, with pay, if they cannot vote during non-work hours. They must apply in writing to the employer two days in advance. If granted, the employer may designate the time of day for the absence. (s. ER 18.11, Wis. Admin. Code)
Represented employees should check their collective bargaining contracts for similar provisions.
Unclassified staff should consult their payroll or benefit office for the practice at their institution.
Note: You can also vote by absentee ballot. Contact the clerk of your municipality for more information.
This document was last revised on November 30, 2006