Do you know the laws on providing time off for your employees to vote? As we approach a major national election, you should review your policy to make sure you are in compliance with the law, as there can be civil and criminal penalties for violations.
There is not a federal law on the books, so any time-off policy falls in the hands of the state in which the employee votes. Some states designate an amount of time while others will require paid time off, and just about all prevent you from firing or disciplining an employee for taking time off to vote. Every state is different, and more than 30 states legally require you to give time off to vote. States, such as California, even require you to post a notice no less than 10 days before the election, explaining the employee’s right to time off to vote. To make it easy, I have put together the document below, with links directed back to the state statute for further details. It is a long document, so it will open in a separate tab when opened.
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