Paid Days for Jury Duty
BLR_CCeplenski 6 Posts
We're wondering how many paid days, on average, employers are allowing for employees who serve as jurors. We'd like to hear from you regarding how many paid days you allow. It would also be helpful if you included your company size, industry, and the state you're from.
Our company is in the retail industry in Michigan--a few dozen employees total. We've only had 2 people called to jury duty in the 3 years I've been here. We don't have a policy in writing but we've paid both employees who missed time for whatever difference there was between what they got paid by the court and their regular pay. We haven't set a limit on how long we'd allow someone to miss work for this reason. So long as the employee gives us proper notice, we think it's only right to treat them fairly when the circumstances are out of their hands & it's not of their own making. (And we also figure the chances of multiple employees getting stuck serving for several weeks is pretty unlikely.) I think such an approach creates loyalty.
We pay employees their regular rate of pay up to a maximum of 15 days, and thereafter they would be able to use accrued paid leave for additional time serving. We have approximately 95 employees, in the nonprofit sector (legal) and we are located in Florida.