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October 29, 2012

It’s Almost That Time – Time Off to Vote!

Every four years we have a presidential election rolling around that causes us to pull out our policy manual and check our “Time Off for Voting” policy.  I would suspect that most company policies regarding this are pretty standard; generally allowing for a reasonable amount of work time off (paid or unpaid) for employees to stop by the polls and cast their ballots.

However, the process may be a little more complicated.  Your policy may need to be revised based on the state(s) in which you have employees.  State laws vary with respect to whether such time off must be paid; the amount of notice employees must provide to their employer; and whether employers may designate the hours taken off to vote.

Below is a list of states that have the most notable state law requirements.  If you have employees working in these states, be sure to go to that specific state’s website to find out the details so you are in compliance.

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland,

Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio,

Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Keep in mind these laws apply every year, not only when there is a presidential election.  For more information regarding company policies, including time off to vote, check out our HR Suite product by clicking


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