Election Day – Time Off

Every state has a public policy to encourage voting. Although specific laws may vary from state to state, in general they all require that employees are provided time off to vote. Some states require employees to request time off in advance, some require employers to provide paid time off, some specify that time off is required only if the polls aren’t open two or three hours outside of the work day, and some states have no specific law on the subject at all. There are also some new laws that address absentee or early voting. So, the best thing to do… check on the law in your state. Your Secretary of State office is the place to start. And, the employee that is in major violation of your attendance policy because they came in late on voting day… you should probably call your attorney before you terminate.