Heard It On The Hotline: Time Off to Vote in Minnesota
Featuring frequently asked questions from Trusight’s Research Hotline.
Do we have to allow employees time off work to vote or to serve as election judges?
The general election will be held on Tuesday, November 6. Time off from work to vote is regulated by state law. Under MN statute 204C.04, employees may be absent from work any time during the work day for the time necessary to appear at the employee’s polling place, cast a ballot, and return to work on the day of the election, without penalty or reduction from salary or wages.
Although employers can not mandate when employees can be gone from the workplace in order to vote, employers can request notification of when employees will be gone.
Some employees may choose to serve as an election judge. Time off from work to serve as an election judge is regulated under MN statute 204B.195. An employee serving as an election judge must give the employer at least 20 days written notice. The written notice must be accompanied by the form provided by the local election officials stating the hourly compensation the person will receive and the hours the individual will work the election. An employer must pay the employee for the time away from work, but may reduce the employee’s salary or wages by the amount paid to the individual for serving as an election judge during the time he or she was absent from work.
An employer may restrict the number of employees who are absent from work to serve as election judges to no more than 20 percent of the total work force at any single worksite.
Trusight members can check the voting leave laws for all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico on our website at www.trusightinc.com. Once you log in:
- Click on “Free Access to CCH HR AnswersNow” to open the accordion
- Click on “CCH HR AnswersNow”
- Select “State Laws”
- Select a state
- Click on “Voting Leave Law Summaries”
If you have questions on this or any other HR topic, contact the Research Hotline at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 763.253.9100 and asking for the Research department.
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