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Q: James has been called up for Jury Service. Do we have to give him the time off and if so, do we have to pay him his normal salary whilst he’s away from the business? A: It’s not easy to get an employee off Jury Service and a refusal to allow them time off would constitute contempt of court. A worker should not receive detrimental treatment or be dismissed because of a summons for Jury Service. Companies are not obliged to pay employees during a period of Jury Service if there is no contractual obligation to do so. The worker should make a claim to the Court for a loss of earning allowance which could then be deducted from any pay you decide to give them. You will be required to complete a Certificate of Loss of Earnings form to claim loss of earnings and they will be entitled to claim the following daily amounts: · Up to and including four hours for the first ten days – £32.47 per day · Over four hours for the first ten days – £64.95 per day · Up to and including four hours from day 11 to day 200 – £64.95 per day · Over four hours for from day 11 to day 200 – £129.91 per day

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