HR Tip of the Week: Do you offer employees time off to vote?
Many employees will be eligible to cast their ballot on Nov. 5, but will they have time to vote? Missouri law gives employees the right to take time off work, without fear of retaliation, for the civic responsibility of voting. Employees must be allowed to take up to three hours off to vote, unless they have three consecutive hours off work while the polls are open. This time off must be paid, as long as the employee actually votes. Employees must give their employers notice that they will need this time off prior to the date of the election. Best practice is to encourage employees to communicate their intent to vote should it cross over into their work day for positive resolution and compliance.