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Suppose an employee is dissatisfied with their job and ready to look for something else. However, said employee has been summoned for federal grand jury duty. For those not familiar, it's a once-a-week commitment to go to the federal courthouse for an 18 month stretch. While the person wasn't chosen for the original jury, they are alternate number 5, so it's almost a given they will have to serve at some point.

The question is, when do you think this should be disclosed in the interviewing process? I would think the employee should disclose this after any kind of offer, but before accepting a job. Curious what other thoughts are. Thanks!
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Do you really have to do it every week for 18 months?? That seems crazy
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Suppose an employee is dissatisfied with their job and ready to look for something else. However, said employee has been summoned for federal grand jury duty. For those not familiar, it's a once-a-week commitment to go to the federal courthouse for an 18 month stretch. While the person wasn't chosen for the original jury, they are alternate number 5, so it's almost a given they will have to serve at some point.

The question is, when do you think this should be disclosed in the interviewing process? I would think the employee should disclose this after any kind of offer, but before accepting a job. Curious what other thoughts are. Thanks!
Disclose it after accepting the offer and establishing a start date.
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Afraid so. It's the granddaddy of all jury duties
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Disclose it after accepting the offer and establishing a start date.
Yes, I may be thinking about this too much from an employer perspective as opposed to an employee perspective. Thanks for the feedback!
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Disclose it after accepting the offer and establishing a start date.
Agree. Pretty sure that they're not allowed to discriminate against you for fulfilling your civic duty, but it's the kind of thing that could (consciously or sub-consciously) be a tie-breaker in the wrong direction for you.

Plus, that basically guarantees that they won't pull the job offer. Because if they do pull it, and you claim that they pulled it because you disclosed the jury commitment, it's going to be hell on them to prove that's not why they pulled it. So it may actually work out in your favor. (Not that companies pull job offers that often, but it does happen.)

Just try not to run into anyone wearing your "juror" button (if the feds make you wear one). And when you tell them, tell HR, not your soon-to-be-boss. HR will inform your boss and couch the message with the standard legal stuff about how they're not allowed to hold it against you, blah, blah, blah.

Also, don't feel too guilty about it. The beginning of a job is when you're the least useful, so it's really the best possible time for your employer to involuntarily donate your time to the federal government.
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The employer is only relevant to the extent that they have to accommodate civic duty obligations w/o "retaliation" of sort.

There is no obligation to disclose that one has s civic obligation that is about to start (or will start in the near future) during the interviewing process because it's irrelevant to determining your qualifications.

Given that the obligation is only one day per week . . . and it's known well in advance . . . arrangements around it shouldn't be too difficult.



The question that should be addressed, however, is whether or not you should disclose having the new job to the Grand Jury foreman. (That answer there is a definite yes!)
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Also, don't feel too guilty about it. The beginning of a job is when you're the least useful, so it's really the best possible time for your employer to involuntarily donate your time to the federal government.
Not sure that "donate" is quite the right word . . . I don't think that the company is obligated to pay for the time missed (I believe that they are encouraged, but not compelled).

But certainly agree that the OP should believe that they should "feel guilty" about the situation.
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