Florida - Jury Duty Employer Obligations
Florida - Jury Duty and Work | Employer Obligations
In Florida, employers are required to provide you with unpaid time off for reporting to jury selection or jury duty. You may have to show your employer your jury summons in order to be given the necessary leave.
Your employer can never punish you for missing work to attend jury duty. However, if missing work would cause your employer undue hardship, it may be considered as an acceptable jury duty excuse.
Jurors regularly employed are defined as full-time, part-time, temporary, and casual employees, whose work hours can be reasonably determined by a schedule, custom, or practice established during the 3-month period preceding the jury service summons date.
Regular employees are entitled to regular wages for the first three days of jury summons, reporting, and service.
You will receive a nominal jury duty payment from the State of Florida for each day you serve on a jury, as well as potential reimbursements for travel expenses. However, jury duty pay tends to be a token amount rather than actual compensation.
An employee summoned or accepted to serve in the State of Florida may not be threatened to or discharged from employment.
You should be sure to show your employer your Florida jury duty summons letter when you receive it, and update them with your jury duty dates if you are assigned to a trial, to ensure that you receive your mandatory time off.
Threatening employee is contempt of court. May be liable to discharge employee for compensatory and punitive damages and attorney's’ fees.
If you have been punished for missing work due to jury duty, contact the joror office of the court that summoned you, and they will assist in ensuring that your rights are protected.