Law Alert: New law effective April 12, 2019, all New York State employers must provide their employees who are registered to vote up to 3 hours of paid leave to vote as long as he or she requests the time off at least 2 working days before an election. As an employer, you may designate that any requested time be taken at the beginning or end of the employee’s shift. You must also post a notice at least 10 business days in advance of an election to inform employees of the amended provisions of New York Election Law § 3-110. The N.Y.S. Board of Elections has provided a revised notice that can be found here. The notice must remain posted until the close of the polls on Election Day. Section 3-110 does not set forth any exemptions or exceptions. This law applies to every election, local, state and federal.
NYS Mandates Paid Time Off for Election Day
We know any time a law changes it can cause confusion for business owners, and your human resources team. If you have any questions or concerns about these updates, our Labor & Employment team is here to help keep you in compliance with the law.