Q: Now that the election is finally here, am I required to give employees time off to vote?
The answer to that question depends on which state you are in. There is no federal law that requires employers to give time off to vote, but many states do have such laws. While the laws vary by state, in general, these kinds of laws provide that employers must provide time off to vote if employees do not have sufficient time to vote outside of working hours. State laws vary as to whether the time is paid or unpaid, how much time must be given, and how much time is “sufficient” to vote outside of working hours. Many states provide that employees are only entitled to voting leave if they provide advance notice to the employer.
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