You may have never had an employee called for Jury Service, but it is important to be aware of your obligations in case it occurs in the future.
Here are 6 things all employers should be aware of:
- Anyone on the electoral register aged between 18-70 may be selected.
- In most cases, Jury Service lasts up to 10 days, but it may be longer or shorter, depending on the case.
- Employers must allow an employee time off to complete their Jury Service.
- Employees can ask the court to be excused, or have their participation deferred, if their absence is likely to harm the business they work for. However, they can only delay once in a 12-month period.
- There is no legal obligation for an employer to pay an employee whilst on Jury Service. The employee can, however, claim an allowance for loss of earnings from the court.
- If you dismiss an employee for going on Jury Service, they can take you to an employment tribunal.
You can find out more information on the government website here – https://www.gov.uk/giving-staff-time-off-jury-service
Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.