Time-Off to Vote:  What Employers Need to Know

In less than three months, polls across the country will open for the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.  Business owners are asking, “Do my employees get time-off to vote?” 

There is no federal law giving employees time-off to cast their votes.  However, many states have passed laws giving time-off (both paid and unpaid) to vote.  To learn more about the specific law in your state, check out this link: http://www.findlaw.com/voting-rights-law.html

Utah law is more complex than most other states.  Employees in the Beehive State have a right to take up to two (2) hours of paid time-off to vote, unless the employee has a three-hour window when the polls are open and the employee is not required to be at work.  Also, Utah law requires employees to request time-off before Election Day.  Finally, if an employee asks for time-off to vote at the beginning or end of the work shift, that request must be approved.

TAKE-AWAY:  Election Day is just around the corner.  Now is the time to consult with your HR department or Employer-Lawyer to make sure you and your employees understand the law and are ready to cast your vote!