Laws Require Workers to Get Time Off to Vote

As Election Day nears, employment law attorneys remind employers that they could run afoul of state laws if they don’t allow employees time off to vote.

In Missouri, employers must allow up to three consecutive hours of paid time off. The employee must ask for the time before Election Day, and the employer may specify the time to be taken.

With some county-by-county variations, polls will be open 12 or 13 hours on Nov. 6, so most employees would have the required consecutive hours of voting time available outside their work hours.


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