Private employers. Private employers with 10 or more employees are required to grant up to 5 days' paid leave for an employee's grand jury or petit jury duty, less any fees received from the court (DC Code Sec. 15-718).
An employee is not eligible for paid leave for jury duty if he or she would not have earned wages while serving on jury duty or would not have worked more than half of a shift that extends into the next day.
Public employers. District employees are entitled to paid leave when they are summoned for jury duty or witness service in cases in which the United States, the District of Columbia, or a state or local government is a party (DC Code Sec. 1-612.03(l)).
Best practices. Regardless of state law requirements, most employers do pay all employees called to jury duty or court appearances.
The prevailing attitude among employers is that an employee summoned to serve on a jury or to testify has a civic obligation and that it is the company's responsibility to support the fulfillment of that obligation. This is achieved by protecting the employee from loss of income and by making the necessary arrangements to cover for him or her during ...