The XpertHR "how to" section provides practical guidance for employers on the issues they may face if an employee is summoned for jury service.
Jury service usually lasts for two weeks, although it can be significantly longer. Employees should be given at least four weeks' notice of the start of their jury service, so employers should have time to make arrangements to cover or suspend the employee's work. However, there may be times when an employee's absence on jury service would cause serious difficulty for the employer, in which case the employer may wish the employee to apply to be excused from jury service or to have it deferred.
This guide looks at the circumstances in which the court is likely to grant deferral or excusal and the action the employer can take to support an employee's application. It also deals with the practicalities that employers should consider when an employee goes on jury service, such as whether or not to pay the employee in full and whether or not he or she should be required to attend work if released from jury service.
The XpertHR policies and documents section provides model documents, including a Jury service policy and a Letter from an employer to support an employee's application for deferral of jury service.
The XpertHR FAQs section answers employers' questions on jury service, including:
Jurors' allowances - loss of earnings The XpertHR quick reference section sets out the current rates of the loss of earnings allowance that employees can claim when on jury service.