It's really daft as it acts as a very heavy and random tax on businesses. Bigger firms are able to absorb it but it's a real drag on a small person such as yourself.Am I entitled to get paid for Jury service?
You do not get any payment for Jury service. If you are an employee, your employer must allow you to attend for jury service. The time spent by you on jury service is to be treated as time at work, if it involves time away from your employment. Therefore, your pay and any other benefits will continue to accrue. The County Registrar will provide a certificate of attendance if requested.
I think this is the way to go. It is a big ask of a small company to pay jury duty.Ask the employee to request being allowed off on the basis that it will cause you as a small employer undue hardship.
The problem with that is that it skews the juries. It's not really a random selection of the population if everybody with a job manages to excuse themselves. Though I understand the pressure.Ask the employee to request being allowed off on the basis that it will cause you as a small employer undue hardship. They tend to be very reasonable to requests as long as you make the effort to engage with them. However, to be fair to the employee he might want to do it so yes you will have to pay him.....
It can and never will be a random sample of the population:It's not really a random selection of the population if everybody with a job manages to excuse themselves. Though I understand the pressure.
LESS random then - if it becomes just the retired and unemployed it is an issue. There is also the question of "service" which is sometimes taken less seriously here than other countries I am familiar with. I have members of my team in other countries and the question of "how to skip out of jury duty" just wouldn't be asked.It can and never will be a random sample of the population:
This does not happen in a random fashion.
- Some people don't register to vote and will never get called
- Some people (deliberately) won't show up for whatever reason
- Some people are not literate enough to read the letter and respond to it
- Others (like teachers) are excused by the rules
Loads, see below.why are teachers excused? actually who else are excused?
I doubt that excuse would be accepted. If however they don't reply at all they won't hear any more about it . . not that I am recommending this course of action, but I know what I would do in their situation.Perhaps write in and ask to be excused from service on that basis?