My employer wants me to schedule my jury duty for a day when I’m not scheduled to go to work, or take a vacation day to go to jury duty. Do I have to do that?
No. An employer cannot force you to reschedule your jury duty or use your vacation or personal days for jury duty.

If I’m released from jury duty early in the day, do I have to report to work?
Yes. Employees are required to return to work if they are released from juror service with sufficient time to get to work from the courthouse to complete their normal work day. Time required to return home to change into uniform or other required work attire can be factored into your time calculation.

My juror service was cancelled. Am I required to report to work?
Yes. As soon as you learn that your service has been cancelled, you should notify your employer and report to work as scheduled. If your employer has made arrangements for someone else to cover your shift and will not permit you to report to work, you may contact our Legal Department for further assistance at 1-877-966-7469 or write to us at:

Office of Jury Commissioner
ATTN: Legal Dept. / RE: Compensation
560 Harrison Avenue, Suite 600
Boston, Massachusetts 02118-2447

I work the night shift. How will it affect my jury duty?
If you work second or third shift, you are not required to work beyond midnight on the night before your first day of juror service. You may not work while you are impaneled on a trial. You are not required to work on your last day of service if you are released by the court after 4:00 p.m.

I think my employer is treating me differently because of my jury service (for example, urging me not to go, cutting my hours, changing my work conditions). What can I do?
Employers are prohibited from interfering with a juror’s jury service obligation by harassing or coercing the employee or depriving the employee of any of the benefits of his or her employment. If you believe your employer is treating you differently because of your jury service, you may contact our Legal Department at 1-877-966-7469 or write to us at:

Office of Jury Commissioner
ATTN: Legal Dept. / RE: Compensation
560 Harrison Avenue, Suite 600
Boston, Massachusetts 02118-2447

I am an essential employee at work. I can’t take time off to do jury duty. What should I do?
In Massachusetts, there are no exemptions from juror service based upon your occupation or status as an essential employee. If performing juror service is a true hardship, you or your employer can request a judicial discretion hearing before a judge to ask that you be excused from juror service based on your personal circumstances ( Mass. Gen. Laws c.234A, §66 ). Ask the jury pool officer for assistance when you report for jury service.

I own a small business. There is no one to operate the business while I’m at jury duty. What should I do?
Small business owners for whom it is a true hardship to close for a day can request a judicial discretion hearing before a judge to ask to be excused from juror service based on their personal circumstances ( Mass. Gen. Laws c.234A, §66 ). Ask the jury pool officer for assistance when you report for jury service.