Post # 1
I finally got a full-time job after a few months of applying, interviewing, etc., but of course I have a summons for Jury Duty a week after my set start date. I already used my postponement because I had job interviews the week of the original summons so I can’t postpone again.
I already told the hr person about two weeks ago when I met her that I have jury duty but that was before I had a set start date so I will remind her when she emails again next week. I don’t think my boss knows yet, but I plan on telling her when she emails me this week to follow-up before I start.
I guess I’m just worried with this being a new job that I haven’t started yet that it will negatively affect me having jury duty. I don’t want to lose this job that I finally got.
Is starting a new job a good excuse to get out of a trial when I go in for the summons? I don’t want to end up being stuck on a really long trial after only putting in a week’s worth at my new job.
Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
Post # 2
evergreen90: The same thing happened to me, and I just explained to the HR and my new manager about my summons. It was not a big deal, everyone understands how jury duty works, and no one will hold it against you.
Post # 3
They cant fire you bc of jury duty. You have no choice to go. The new job has to provide you the time off Without reprimand.
Post # 4
It’s not like you’re leaving on a two week vacation or something. They will understand. Good luck!
Post # 5
evergreen90: I just served jury duty, I’m in Canada so it might be different here but I know that you can be deferred multiple times in a row – they don’t always like it but the judge can do it. In my group there was someone starting a new job on the monday (our summons was for Wednesday) and she was deferred to next month.
Post # 6
evergreen90: You have no control over jury duty, and they get that. Don’t be apologetic about it, it will make you look weak.
Post # 7
Employers have to deal with jury duty all the time. It’s not a big deal – they know you have no control over it. You may have to HR your summons (at my place we have to). It’s not like you’re taking a vacation. Don’t worry about it.
Post # 8
Starting a new job won’t get you out of jury duty. I would definitely talk with your manager though – at my work, there’s a billing code for Jury Duty so I still got paid my regular salary while I was serving.
Post # 9
Thanks everyone for your advice! I appreciate it. I actually just called the court and was able to postpone one more time for a few months from now. I’ll feel better going in knowing I won’t be missing any trainings or being so new to the position. But thanks again.
Post # 10
Congrats on your new job and glad you worked it out!
Post # 12
I’m glad you worked it out, but just for your reference (and any other Bees who see this down the road!), you can’t get in truoble for participating in jury duty, which is your civic obligation!