Time to Vote

Do you have to pay employees to vote?

Assuming that an employee has not already voted in early voting, the employee is entitled to take paid time off for voting on election days, unless the employee has at least two consecutive hours to vote outside of the voter’s working hours. Bottom-line considerations:

  • Let employees have at least two hours off to vote on an election day (unless they have already voted under early voting procedures)
  • Such time off needs to be paid to the extent that it cuts into the employee’s normal working hours
  • Such time off does not need to be paid if the two hours are available outside of normal working hours

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