November 4 is quickly approaching and employers should be mindful of their employees' voting rights. Under California law, employers must provide eligible voters with up to 2 hours of paid time off to vote if employees do not have sufficient time outside of working hours to vote. (Voting hours are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.) Employers may require that the time off be at the beginning or end of the regular working shift, whichever allows the most free time to vote and the least amount of time off from work. Employers also must grant unpaid leave to employees working as election officials.
At least ten days prior to the election – Friday, October 24 for most companies – employers must post a notice that advises employees of their rights. The notice is available for downloading here: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_tov.htm.