Posted by: Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) | May 23, 2012

A Message to PIHRA Members from the Legislative Affairs Committee

A Message to PIHRA Members from the Legislative Affairs Committee

Time Off to Vote—Mandatory Notice: California is holding a statewide primary election on June 5, 2012. Ten days prior to the election, employers (both public and private) must post a notice advising employees of their right to take paid leave to vote if they do not have sufficient time outside of working hours to do so. The employee notice must be posted conspicuously either in the workplace or where it can be seen by employees as they enter or exit their place of work.

Voting hours are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Employees can be given as much time as they need in order to vote, but only a maximum of two hours is paid. Employers may require time off to be taken only at the beginning or end of the employee’s shift. Employers may require employees to give two working days’ advance notice that they will need time off for voting.

Sample notices—in English and Spanish—are available at this link: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_tov.htm.

Election Code sections 14000-14003 can be found at this link: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=elec&group=13001-14000&file=14000-14003.

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