TIME OFF TO VOTE IN MINNESOTA, WISCONSIN, ILLINOIS and IOWATuesday, November 4th is Election Day (lest you forget). Relevant for employers is that many states have laws allowing employees to take time off in order to vote. As such, employers should be aware of their obligations and employee rights in order to adequately prepare. Should you have any questions regarding your obligations under these laws, please do not hesitate to contact an attorney in one of Wessels Sherman's five (5) offices.
Illinois has a relatively new law which provides that an employer must permit a two-hour absence with pay if the employee's working hours begin less than two hours after the polls open and end less than two hours before the closing of the polls. Because the polls are open in Illinois from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., in all but a few cases employees will have plenty of time to vote before or after work, so this law will not apply. When this does apply the employee must request the time off prior to the day of election and the employer may specify the hours the employee can take off.
If you have questions or would like to discuss Minnesota's election law, please contact Attorney James B. Sherman in Wessels Sherman's Minnesota office at (952) 746-1700, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.