The last “debate” during this election season could be among employers just before Tuesday, November 6, 2012, and it might include the following questions:

  • Do my employees get time off to vote?
  • If so, how much time off of work must my employees receive to vote?
  • Is there a notice regarding Election Day that an employer must post?

The answers to these questions depend on the state in which the employer operates. (See the accompanying chart). Employers must know the opening and closing times for polls so they may properly apply the state law to their employees’ work hours. In addition, employers should not discipline or terminate employees for voting or being election workers.