Employment Alert: Are Employees Entitled to Time Off from Work to Vote?


The 2008 U.S. presidential election has generated significant interest nationally and internationally. A record one in four eligible voters participated in a primary or caucus in the current election cycle1 and some analysts are predicting a record turnout for Election Day on Tuesday, November 4, 2008.

There is no federal law that requires employers to provide time off for an employee to vote. A number of states require an employer to provide time off (paid or unpaid) only when an employee?s regular work hours are such that the employee does not have sufficient time, outside of working hours and during the time the polls are open, to vote.

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