The 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.
The law also provides that a person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor, which obligates county attorneys to prosecute.
See Minn. Stat. §204C.04.
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