Voting Laws That Impact the Workplace.

As we approach the upcoming elections, employers should familiarize themselves with the laws concerning their employee’s rights for time off to vote.  Laws vary slightly from state-to-state, so you may need to consult with your PEO’s HR Department or Employment Law Specialist.
As an example, here are the key laws pertaining to Texas Employers (Texas Statute 276.004):
    Time Off To Vote: Registered voters are allowed up to two hours of time off to vote. The employer can designate a voting time for the employee. Though not required, employees are encouraged to notify the employer at least one day before Election Day of the intent to be absent.
    Pay: With proof of voting, the employee is to be paid for time missed while casting a ballot.
    Time Limits: Polls are open from 7am to 7pm. If an employee’s workday begins on or after 9am or ends at or before 5:00 pm, this law is not applicable to the employer.
    Consequences: Any employer who fails to comply will be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor.
So stay informed and encourage your colleagues and employees to “get out and vote!”
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