The election is coming up fast. What that means to most employees and employers is questions. Employees might ask themselves “when should I vote?”. But they might ask their employers “can I have time off to vote?”. Allowing time off to vote is a company policy question in some cases, but other times it is a question of wage and hour law. Does an employer have to give the employee time off to vote during working hours? And if they do, is it paid time off? There actually is no federal law on whether or not an employee must have time off to vote. It is left up to the states to decide.
And each state has their own rules. Some states give up to four hours, where other states don’t address the issue at all. To assist payroll professionals on this topic I have put together a white paper on the voting time off requirements for the states. The link is below. The info was compiled through Thomson Reuters. It should prove helpful as it also give the citation to state law. I have also listed the states that do not address this issue. I hope you find it useful.