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Jury Duty and Employee Policy
Since employees are subject to jury duty at any time during their regular work schedules, employers must have a jury duty and employee policy. This policy should lay out the actions of both the employer and employee in cases of jury duty selection.
One major cause of concern is the worker's availability during time off. Depending on the length of the trial, a worker may be unavailable for his regular job for a period of weeks or months.
The employer must set payment guidelines for this period of jury duty. Since the worker cannot perform his essential duties, the employer may choose to withhold any wages for the duration of jury duty. In some cases, the government will pay jurors for their time, although this wage may be only a fraction of the juror's normal salary.
Regardless of whether a juror is paid during his time during jury duty, it is up to the employer to establish a jury duty and employee policy to eliminate any potential disagreements between parties. If you're a business owner who does not currently have a policy in place, Business.com can provide the resources you need to establish a jury duty and employee policy as soon as possible.