Election Day is tomorrow! As an employer do you know the state law requirements related to employee voting rights? Voting laws vary by state and certain areas require time off obligations and notice requirements. Below is a brief overview of New York State laws:
New York Election Law § 3-110 states that an employee is entitled to a sufficient amount of leave time that, when added to the employee’s available time outside of working hours, will enable the employee to vote. Four hours is considered sufficient time. An employee is excluded from leave if the employee has 4 consecutive hours in which to vote either between the opening of the polls and the beginning of the employee’s work shift or the end of the employee’s work shift and the close of the polls.
- Hours: The employer may specify the hours. Leave must be given at the beginning or end of the work shift, as the employer may designate, unless otherwise agreed.
- Paid: Not more than 2 hours may be without loss of pay.
- Posting Requirement: Employers must also conspicuously post a notice for employees about the law not less than 10 working days before every election. The notice must be kept posted until the close of the polls on election day.
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