Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, 2012, is less than one month away. Aside from the obvious question – Who gets my vote? – employers may be asking themselves a host of voting-related questions:
Depending on the jurisdiction in which the company operates, the answers will vary. Time off to vote is dictated on a state-by-state basis. So employers must be prepared to answer these questions in every state in which they operate and remember that the laws in the majority of states give employees the right to take time off to vote, sometimes with pay, subject to the individual's hours of work and the time when the polls are open. Concerning eligibility, the simplest answer is that employees may be eligible for time off on Election Day if they will vote or serve as election workers.
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