With the election here, California employers are reminded that California law provides employees with up to 2 hours paid time off to vote if an employee provides 2 working days’ notice of the need for time off tp to vote. To qualify, the employee must state only that he or she does not have sufficient time to vote outside of normal working hours. With the polls open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., most employees should have ample time to vote outside of normal working hours; however, some employees may still need additional time. Employers may require that the time off be taken at the beginning or end of the employee’s shift.
California employers are also required to post a voting rights notice 10 days before the election. Notices are available in English and Spanish on the California Secretary of State website and can be found here.