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Election Day is Coming – What are Your Obligations as an Employer?

With Election Day drawing near, and large voter turnout expected, employers should ensure they are aware of state law requirements related to providing employees with time off. While not all states impose requirements on...more

Employer Guide for Election Season

The 2016 presidential election season has provided fodder for often impassioned conversations among friends, family and co-workers. While we may not always agree with all points of view, it is important to remember that...more

Election 2016: A Reminder About New York’s Voting Leave Law and Posting Requirements

On November 8, 2016, voters across the country will cast their votes for president and vote in state and local elections. In New York, employers should ensure that they comply with New York’s voting leave law. Under N.Y....more

A New Primer on Voting Leave Requirements: Are You Ready for the Elections?

The U.S. general election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, 2016. In this election, voters will determine the next president of the United States, and all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 34 of the 100...more

Election Day is Coming Soon - Do You Know Your Employees' Voting Leave Rights? - October 2016

Realizing we ALL could use some "time off" FROM this year's presidential election, we want to provide you with a quick (party-neutral!) refresher on your employees' voting leave rights in light of the upcoming national...more

Election Time and the Minnesota Voter Leave Law

Minnesota is one of several states that require all employers, both public sector and private sector, to grant time off with pay to employees to vote in the upcoming general election to be held on Tuesday, November 8,...more

Decision 2016: A Refresher on Politics in Your Workplace

Over the next few weeks, millions of Americans will cast their votes, concluding what has been a particularly contentious election cycle. Until then, as Election Day approaches and employees’ political passions continue to...more

Election Day: What Employers Should Know About Employee Voting Rights Laws

As Tuesday, November 8, 2016, approaches, employers should ensure compliance with voting rights laws in the states where they operate. There is no federal law that requires employers to give workers time off to vote, but...more

Giving Employees Time Off to Vote

It’s probably posted on the bulletin board in your employee lounge, along with all the other employment notices California employers are required by law to post. But, it’s likely lost in that blizzard of information, and it’s...more

Ruff CA Leave Laws: Pet Care and Other Peculiarities

Seyfarth Synopsis: In leaves of absence, as in employment law generally, California can be peculiar. We examine at a few examples, including particular city ordinances in Emeryville and San Francisco, and other statewide...more

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report — March 2016

Littler's Workplace Policy Institute® (WPI™) presents the Insider Report, a monthly newsletter detailing key labor, employment, and benefits policy developments at the federal, state, local and global levels. This month's...more

November Is Coming: Voting and Other Leaves

The leaves are changing, and the air is turning cooler. While employers are gearing up for fall, voting leave may be far from their minds. After all, even though the presidential candidates are in full swing campaign mode,...more

Voting Rights

Who does it apply to: The Texas Election Code rules for employee voting rights and time off apply to all Texas employers. Can I do it myself: Who is protected: All employees, including temporary or seasonal workers, are...more

Employees Entitled to Three Consecutive Hours to Vote in Canada’s Federal Election

The federal election will take place on Monday, October 19, 2015. The Canada Elections Act (the "Act") requires employers to give employees who are qualified electors time off work so that they can vote. A qualified elector...more

New York’s Voting Leave Law and Posting Requirements for the Mid-Term Election

Federal midterm and statewide elections are scheduled in New York State on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. As such, employers must ensure that they comply with New York’s voting leave law. Under N.Y. Election Law § 3-110(1),...more

California’s Voting Leave Law: Employers’ Obligations as Election Day Approaches

As Election Day quickly approaches, California employers are reminded that the state voting leave law allows employees to take time off to vote in a statewide election....more

A Primer on Voting Leave Requirements: Are You Ready for the Mid-Term Elections?

General elections are scheduled for Tuesday, November 4, 2014. This mid-term election will see all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate up for grabs. In addition, numerous...more

Primary Elections & Voter Leave Laws: How Much Time Off Does an Employee Get To Vote?

With primary elections around the corner, employers are wondering what their obligations are with respect to providing employees time off to vote. Although there is no federal law that requires employers to give employees...more

Get Out the Vote! A Reminder to Employers Regarding Mandatory Time Off for Voting

Employers should not be fooled into thinking that voting leave issues arise solely in presidential election years. Indeed, with the recent shutdown of the federal government, and the seemingly insurmountable impasse in...more

Do We Have To Drive Them To the Polls Too?

A lot of employers are surprised when I tell them that they have to give employees time off to vote if the employee requests it. Indeed, California law provides that, not less than 10 days before every statewide election,...more

Ohio Employers Have to Give Employees Time off to Vote, But Whether They Get Paid—Depends

It’s election season again, and that means that Ohioans will once again take to the polls. But, as an Ohio employer, do you need to allow your employees to take time off from work to vote? Yes....more

It’s Election Time! A Reminder Regarding New York’s Voting Leave Law

With the general election fast approaching on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, now is the time for employers to ensure that they comply with New York’s voting leave law. Employers should be especially mindful that New York law...more

Changes in the Minnesota “Time Off to Vote” Statute

Minnesota employers should know that Minnesota’s “Voting Time Off” statute (section 204C.04) has changed since the last presidential election. Previously, employees who were eligible to vote were allowed up to two hours of...more

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