Employers Must Allow Employees to Vote

Tip of the Month - Employment and Labor Law

With presidential primaries under way and New York’s own primary vote scheduled for April 28, employers should be cognizant of last year’s amendments to New York’s Election Law, which increased the paid time off that employees may take in order to vote in elections. Pursuant to Election Law § 3-110, New York employees who are registered voters are now entitled to receive up to three (3) hours of paid time off to vote in any election, either at the beginning or end of the workday (which the employer may determine). Moreover, at least ten (10) business days before the election, New York employers must post this notice in a conspicuous location in their workplace. Note, however, that employees must notify their employers at least two (2) business days prior to the election that they require time off to vote.

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