Jury Duty Policy

- The Jury Duty Policy is used by an employer to establish a formal policy for employees who must take time from work to serve on a jury.
- Like all employee policies, the Jury Duty Policy should be adequately communicated to all employees. One or more of the following methods may be appropriate:  employee manuals or handbooks, posting on company bulletin boards, electronic mail, and written handouts.  
- According to federal law and the law in many states, employers must grant a leave of absence to an employee who is called to serve on a jury.  
- Both federal and state law protects employment when a person must take time off to serve on a jury.  The Federal Jury System Improvements Act of 1978 requires employers to allow employees time off to serve on juries in federal court.
- Most states have similar laws that govern employees called to serve on a jury in the state's courts.  States may also have laws that require employers to give time off to employees to testify as witnesses and for victims of crimes.  Contact a local attorney or your state's Department of Labor if you have any questions about your state law. 
- Employers may require employees to provide proof of their jury service.  Some courts will provide such a certificate upon request.  

When You Need It
- To provide an employer's written policy with respect to an employee's time off to serve on a jury.  

Getting Started

You will need:
- Name of the company who is enacting the policy.
- Review each item in the document and revise as may be necessary to fit the particular needs of your company and/or employees.

When to Review and Revise 
- To correct the information contained in the policy.
- To amend the policy to respond to changing business climates, new laws, etc.