Section 55 provides protection for an employee who is called for jury duty, similar to the protection provided to employees who take a leave under Part 6. Employers are not obligated by the legislation to pay an employee’s wages while they are away from the workplace on jury duty. However, the employment of an employee who is called to sit on a jury is considered to be continuous for the purposes of calculating vacation, pension, medical or other entitlements as well as increases in wages and benefits. The employer is obligated to continue making payments to such plans as though the employee’s work had not been interrupted by jury duty.
For more information concerning leaves of absence and jury duty, visit Employment Standards Branch – Leaves and Jury Duty and the Interpretation Manual – Section 56.
Information provided by Ryan Anderson, an employment lawyer with Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP. The information provided in this article is necessarily of a general nature and must not be regarded as legal advice. For more information about Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP, please visit mathewsdinsdale.com.