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Minnesota "Time Off Work To Vote" Law

vote.jpgThe upcoming elections on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, are almost here. Employees in Minnesota must be given "the time necessary" to get to his or her polling places, cast his or her ballot, and return to work. Employers cannot penalize employees or deduct wages or salary due to the absence for voting. Previously, the law allowed employees eligible to vote paid time off in the morning on Election Day. The current law, amended in 2010, allows employees to go to the polls to vote at any time during the workday, and return to work without reduction in pay. Although employers may request that employees give notice of their absence in advance, the law implies that the employee may choose the time to go to the polls.

Election Excesses Spark Employment Law Curiosity

Drug testing and sexual harassment have found their way into the election for the highest office in the land. Donald Trump has proposed that Hillary Clinton and he each subject themselves to drug testing before Wednesday night's debate to underscore Hillary's being physically unfit for President. Hillary challenges Donald's fitness with a bevy of accusers of Donald Trump's propensity to demean women and allegations he suffers from narcissistic personality disorder. Politics aside, what if these were candidates for private employment, and you were the decision-maker?

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