Jury Duty and Civil Leave

For Participation in Legal Process

Civil leave is granted to employees when they are called for participation in the legal process, including jury duty and witness responsibility. Temporary and part-time employees are granted civil leave for regularly scheduled work hours.

  • An employee on call for jury duty will return to work on a daily basis when not serving as a juror. An employee may keep pay for jury duty in addition to receiving university pay.
  • Time spent by an employee appearing in court as a function of employment shall be considered as hours worked. All witness fees and reimbursements received as a result of these court appearances shall be given to the university.
  • An employee attending court as a plaintiff, defendant, or witness on a nonwork-related matter may use vacation leave.
  • When an employee is subpoenaed for a court appearance on any matter, the department shall grant civil leave. Any witness fees paid to the employee on civil leave shall be given to the university.

To Serve on an Election Board

Civil leave will be granted when an employee serves on an election board. To request civil leave an employee must present written evidence of an appointment to serve as a judge or clerk of election or as a precinct or district inspector. Such an employee may keep pay received from the county for this service.

To Vote in Public Elections

Up to two (2) hours of civil leave may be granted to vote in public elections, if circumstances prevent an employee from voting at any other time.

To Aid in Disaster Relief

In the event a request is made by a federal agency or other disaster relief organization, i.e., the Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or other federally designated department, the University President or Chancellor or his/her designee may authorize an employee up to (5) days civil leave to assist in the request. The five day limit may be extended upon approval of the University President or Chancellor or his/her designee.

An employee who is a Certified Disaster Service Volunteer of the American Red Cross may, with the authorization of his or her supervisor, be granted civil leave not to exceed fifteen working days in each year to participate in specialized disaster relief services in Nebraska for the American Red Cross, upon the request of the American Red Cross, without loss of pay, vacation leave, sick leave, or earned overtime accumulation.

Employees who wish to volunteer for disaster relief assistance and other related activities/drills (not requested by a federal agency or disaster relief organization and not designed by the University President or Chancellor) will be required to use vacation or compensatory leave.