Handbook of Operating Procedures 5-4410

Jury Duty

The University of Texas at Austin
Executive Sponsor: Vice President for University Operations
November 1, 2001

 


 

  1. Policy Statement

The University of Texas at Austin provides paid administrative leave to an employee summoned to perform jury duty.

 

  1. Scope

This policy applies to any employee who is summoned to perform jury duty.

 

  1. Compensation

The employee is entitled to serve on a jury without a loss of salary or without any deduction equivalent to any fee or compensation the employee receives for jury service. In order for the employee to receive pay during periods of jury duty, the employee shall provide documentation of service to the immediate supervisor.

 

  1. Second and Third Shift Employees

Second and third shift employees who are selected to perform jury duty may be assigned to the first shift for the period they are required to serve. A temporary replacement may be furnished if determined essential by the supervisor.

 

If the supervisor decides that an employee must work a second or third shift, in addition to performing jury duty, the employee may elect to receive:

  • Straight compensatory time equivalent to the time necessary to perform jury duty or
  • Straight time wages for the time necessary to perform jury duty
  1. Employee Responsibilities

The employee shall report to work when they are not actually serving on jury duty.

 

The employee shall provide the supervisor with the proper documentary proof of jury duty and shall promptly and accurately record the use of leave.

 

  1. Supervisor Responsibilities

    The supervisor must review and approve the leave, verify that the employee has accurately recorded the leave, and sign the time report.

  1. Delegation of Authority

Authority is hereby delegated to the department head or designee to determine eligibility for jury duty leave.

 

For Assistance: Questions regarding jury duty should be directed to Human Resources, Benefits Services Section, or to the website at http://www.utexas.edu/hr/.

 

Electronic time sheet: https://utdirect.utexas.edu/pntime

 

Source: Texas Government Code, Section 659.005 and Regents' Rules and Regulations, Rule 30201


Previously HOP 9.93