As election day approaches, employers should review relevant state voting rights laws to ensure compliance, as some states require that employees be given time off to vote. New York and California are two states that require employers to “provide sufficient time to vote”, which includes up to two hours of paid leave at the beginning or end of a shift. Other states, such as New Jersey and Connecticut, do not have laws requiring employers to provide time off to vote. Employers should review voting time-off laws in the states in which they do business to determine if there is a mandatory paid or unpaid leave law, as well as to review if there are any posting or notification requirements.
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