As you’re flipping through the mail, something official-looking catches your eye: a letter from the court. Your heart immediately sinks—it’s a jury summons.
Getting called in for jury duty is going to twist your life upside down, take you places you never wanted to go, and make work utterly impossible—or so you think.
If you’re a law-abiding citizen over the age of 18, you may have heard rumblings about the pains of jury duty: it’s a time suck, archaic, and could play out like an endless Law & Order rerun.
But when you think about it, being on a jury and working towards justice is one of the engines that drives our democracy. And performing your civic duty should never make you feel uneasy, especially when it comes to your job.
So if you’re an employee or employer stressed about that jury duty summons, have no fear. With some thoughtful education, planning, and communication, jury duty can be an easier, more enjoyable process for all.
How to navigate jury duty as an employer.
1. Brush up on your state’s jury duty leave laws and regulations.
The amount of paid time off you’re required to give your employees varies by state. Pay attention to what your state requires to avoid being faced with pesky penalties.
2. Be proactive about communicating that your employees’ jobs are safe.
If your employee gets called in, it may very well put a strain on your business. Sure, you can commiserate with them, but be explicit about the fact that they’re protected while doing their civic duty.