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Jury Duty: Pennsylvania

Jury Duty requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Susan A.P. Woodhouse, Littler


  • Employers in Pennsylvania must excuse employees from work to serve on a jury, except retail or service industry employers with fewer than 15 employees or manufacturing industry employers with fewer than 40 employees. See Employers Obligated to Provide Leave.
  • All employees in Pennsylvania may take time off from work to respond to a jury duty summons. See Employees Qualified for Leave.
  • An employer is not required to compensate an employee for time spent on jury service or other court appearance. See Compensation During Leave.
  • Pennsylvania law states that an employer may not deprive an employee of employment, a seniority position or benefits, or threaten or otherwise coerce the employee, because the employee receives a summons, responds to the summons, attends court for prospective jury service or serves as a juror. See Prohibited Actions.