Can they force me to work weekends during jury duty??? - page 4

Hi everyone, I'm a Florida nurse who's employed full-time by a large hospital in the Ft. Lauderdale area. I've been called to Federal jury duty, and I've just been seated on a trial which the... Read More

  1. by   BluegrassRN
    Why wouldn't you be expected to work your regular weekend? They are only responsible for paying you for and excusing you from the jury duty days that fall upon your work day; not the ones that fall on your days off.

    I don't see the problem here.
  2. by   TiffyRN
    Quote from luv2dive
    The reaction from the clinical manager was rather negative, and her reply was---"I always know what to say to get out of jury duty."
    I love this!! I think this information needs to be presented to your court clerk to be passed along to the judge. I'm doubtful the judge could rain legal repercussions on this person, but he/she may want to summon this genius to court to clarify if it's the hospital policy to encourage employees to shirk their civic duty by getting out of jury duty.
  3. by   mmc51264
    Here's another wrench: what if the jury gets sequestered? How is she supposed to work?
  4. by   blondy2061h
    Quote from mmc51264
    Here's another wrench: what if the jury gets sequestered? How is she supposed to work?
    C'mon, they could at a minimum have a pony courrier bring her charts to audit to make sure Braden scales and fall risk assessments were charted on every inpatient at least q12h in her free time.
  5. by   luv2dive
    Quote from BluegrassRN
    Why wouldn't you be expected to work your regular weekend? They are only responsible for paying you for and excusing you from the jury duty days that fall upon your work day; not the ones that fall on your days off.

    I don't see the problem here.
    Oh...so I guess that when they're looking for someone to work seven days at your facility Bluegrass, you're always the first one to volunteer??? Please read what I posted previously about working excessive hours. In short, we all need to pitch in and do a little extra from time to time but there's a limit to what nurses should be expected to do. Wouldn't you agree???
  6. by   luv2dive
    As an update....we had to listen to a lot of testimony today, and I didn't have the chance to call HR and have my questions answered. I get to go in just a little later tomorrow a.m., so I'm going to call HR and fire away with all my questions. I promise that I'll post an update once I have more answers. BTW...thank you for your input everyone!!! Robyn
    Last edit by luv2dive on Sep 12, '13 : Reason: edited to correct spelling
  7. by   hiddencatRN
    Quote from BluegrassRN
    Why wouldn't you be expected to work your regular weekend? They are only responsible for paying you for and excusing you from the jury duty days that fall upon your work day; not the ones that fall on your days off.

    I don't see the problem here.
    Another sad sign of how weakened the labor movement in the US is.

    Aside from needing rest, some people have lives to attend to outside of work. I don't think it's reasonable to expect someone to spend that much of their waking time working.
  8. by   luv2dive
    Martyrdom seems to be the norm in nursing. Why are there so many nurses that have no self-respect??? Yes, give a little extra here and there whenever you can....but know when to set the limit!!!
  9. by   BrandonLPN
    It's all about civic responsibility.

    Just as citizens have a civic duty to report to jury duty, so do employers to accommodate employees who are called up.

    Forcing an employee who just spent Monday thru Friday as a juror to also report to work on Saturday and Sunday is not accommodating anything.

    As hiddencatRN said, it is not fair to expect anyone to work 7 days a week without a day off.

    What about employees in the national guard? Should they be forced to "make up" their one weekend a month, or whatever it is?

    The employer has the responsibility to accommodate employees who serve society in such ways. That's just the way it is. Employers have to put on their big-girl panties and deal with it.
    Last edit by BrandonLPN on Sep 12, '13
  10. by   BluegrassRN
    So when you're sick in your days off, do you get Sick leave?
  11. by   BrandonLPN
    Quote from BluegrassRN
    So when you're sick in your days off, do you get Sick leave?
    There's a big difference between sick leave and taking time off to perform your civic duty. We live in a society. The needs of the society transcend the needs of the staff scheduler at Xyz Hospital.
  12. by   BluegrassRN
    For three weeks of his/her life, she will have to do 40hours in court and whatever her scheduled weekend is (which is likely one, possibly two weekends). Oh, the humanity.

    Look, it's not going to be pleasant, but it's not the end of the world. And the fact is, her job only is required to compensate her for her work days that fall during jury duty days. I'm surprised it's such a shock, and that people are so worked up about it. What job compensates someone for a day that the worker wasn't supposed to be there to begin with?

    It's three weeks. Most of us can look back to school and remember when we didn't bat an eye at working or going to school every single day with those precious days off as few and far between. It's not as if this is a permanent situation.
  13. by   luv2dive
    Quote from BluegrassRN
    So when you're sick in your days off, do you get Sick leave?
    What does that have to do with anything Bluegrass?
    Last edit by Esme12 on Sep 14, '13 : Reason: TOS

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