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It’s Time To Vote: State Voting Leave Requirements

With Election Day quickly approaching, private sector employers should be aware of their obligations under state law to provide voting leave for their employees.

KNOW THE LAW

The following is a general summary only of voting leave requirements under California state law. Many states have additional rules regarding time off to vote. For example, some states may not require time off if an employee has adequate time to vote outside of working hours. California requires that private sector employees be given paid time off to vote, up to 2 hours. To review other state laws, visit the State Laws section, click on the appropriate state, and choose your topic of interest from the left-hand navigation menu.  [Note: There is no federal law that requires private sector employers to provide employees with time off from work to vote in a national or state election.]

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