Do employees have a statutory right to be paid while on jury service?

No, there is no statutory duty on employers to pay employees any wages or salary if they are absent from work on jury service, although an employer may elect to do so if it wishes. If pay is to be stopped, it is advisable for the employer to make this fact absolutely clear by means of an appropriately worded clause in employees' contracts or in its policy manual. All employees should be made aware of the employer's policy, which should be applied consistently.

An employee who is not paid during absence from work on jury service may claim a small amount of compensation for loss of earnings from the court, subject to the employer complying with any request to provide a certificate showing the employee's loss of earnings.