Employee Leave for Voting

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Employee Leave for Voting

Compliance Bulletin


When election time draws near, employers should be prepared to handle requests from employees for time off from work to vote. Federal law does not require employers to provide their employees with time off to vote. However, many states have voting leave laws that allow employees to take time off to vote in certain circumstances.

The specifics vary by state, but many of these voting leave laws:

  • Require the leave to be paid;
  • Impose a notice requirement on employees; and
  • Allow employers to designate the hours during which employees may be absent to vote.

Employers should be aware of the voting leave laws that apply to them and be prepared to comply with any applicable
requirements. To know your state’s specific leave requirements click the link: Employee Leave for Voting


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