HR 22 May 2019

Do I have to allow an employee to go on jury service?

Employee absence for jury service
Objection! What can you do if your employee needs time off for jury service?
How do you handle time off for employees to attend jury service? Here, Croner associate director Paul Holcroft outlines your responsibility as an employer.

Whilst you will be used to staff taking time off work for annual leave and sickness, it is likely that you will be less familiar handling requests for time off to attend jury service. Although the thought of being without a key member of staff for a prolonged period may be concerning, there is very little that can be done to prevent this.

You cannot refuse to allow an employee time off work if they have been summoned for jury service, as a juror is required to attend by the Juries Act 1974. Refusing to allow the employee the required amount of time off work would place you in contempt of court, however, it is appropriate to request proof that they have been selected.