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Decision 2016: Do Employees Get Time Off to Vote?

2016 USA badge 73690229_LargeWith the 2016 Presidential primary elections in full swing, employers should be informed about their obligations as to when an employee requests time off to visit the polls. An employer’s obligation varies by state law and there is no federal law that mandates an employer to provide time off for employees to cast their ballots.  Currently, only thirty-one (31) states have voter leave laws.* Some of those states even require employers to provide paid voting leave.  Further, certain states require employers to post notice of employee voting rights before every election. Employers should be mindful that in addition to voter leave laws, many states have statutory provisions pertaining to employee rights with respect to serving as an election official and/or participating in political activity.

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