How to deal with an employee who has been summoned for jury service
Author: David Jones
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- Consider how to cover an employee's work if he or she is summoned for jury service.
- Remember that it can be a contempt of court to deny an employee time off to attend jury service.
- Be aware that an employee can apply to the court for an excusal or deferral if the jury service would conflict with his or her work commitments or cause a small business unusual hardship.
- Ask the employee to apply for excusal or deferral, if appropriate.
- Take into account that some employees may need assistance in requesting an excusal or deferral.
- Ensure that any request for excusal or deferral is accompanied by a letter from the organisation setting out the difficulties that the employee's absence will cause.
- Be aware of the unfair dismissal rules that apply in relation to employees who are dismissed because of jury service.
- Consider the arrangements for the employee's pay while he or she is absent on jury service.
- Complete the employee's Certificate of Loss of Earnings or Benefit if not paying the employee in full.
- Consider the arrangements for the employee's attendance at work if he or she is released from jury service.
- Write to the employee confirming the arrangements for jury service.
- Consider putting in place a comprehensive jury service policy.