Posted by Tamara
Laws regarding time off from work for employees to vote vary from state to state. In Maryland, the employer must give workers time off to vote.
In some states, employers are legally required for provide unpaid time off to vote on Election Day. In the majority of cases, 2 hours of time off are considered sufficient for the worker to travel to the polling place, vote and return to the job. A few states allow for 3 hours. Still other states require employers to provide unpaid time for voting only if the worker’s schedule prevents him or her from casting his vote while the polls are open.
Massachusetts, Georgia, Ohio and Vermont are among the states which require employees to have unpaid time to vote.
In Kentucky and Alabama, employers are also required to provide unpaid time off for an employee to serve as an election official.
Minnesota recently updated their law to require employers to pay workers for time off to vote, regardless of whether they have sufficient time to vote outside of working hours.
Several other states require employers to pay workers for time off to vote under a certain circumstances. These states include Alaska, Arizona, California, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas, Washington, Wyoming and 14 others.
Out of all the states in the country, 32 states, including Iowa, require employers to give workers either paid or unpaid time off to vote.
North Dakota’s voting laws simply “encourages” companies to schedule workers so that they will be able to vote.
In many cases, the employer is allowed to require a voting receipt from polling place in order for the employee to be paid for that time.
No matter what the voting laws for time off to vote are, it is illegal for employers to attempt to unduly influence a worker’s vote. Employers are also prohibited by law from threatening an employee with discipline or termination if he or she votes for the “wrong” candidate or party.
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