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Tuesday, November 6th is Election Day!

Published:  November 2, 2018

In Massachusetts, there are current elections for a U.S. Senate seat, all 9 U.S. House of Representatives districts, Governor, state Attorney General, state Secretary of State, state Senate, state House of Representatives, among other state-level officials, as well as three ballot measures, related to repeal of legal protections prohibiting discrimination against individuals based on gender identity, corporate person-hood and political spending, and patient limits for nurses, respectively.

In Connecticut, there are current elections for a U.S. Senate seat, all 5 U.S. House of Representatives districts, Governor, state Attorney General, state Secretary of State, state Senate, state House of Representatives, among other state-level elections, as well as two ballot questions related to transfer of state owned property and state transportation funds, respectively.

In Rhode Island, there are current elections for a U.S. Senate seat, both U.S. House of Representatives districts, Governor, state Attorney General, state Secretary of State, state Senate, state House of Representatives, among other state-level elections, as well as well as three ballot questions related to bond measures for school buildings, higher education facilities, and environment, recreation and water infrastructure, respectively.

In each of these states, multiple elections and ballot questions could have significant impact on your business and/or your employees. The stakes are high, and voting is extremely important. Therefore, employees may request time off to go to the polls. As an employer, it is important that you understand your rights and obligations regarding granting time off from work to vote. There is no federal law requiring employers to grant employees time off to vote; however state laws may grant such rights.

In Massachusetts, employees in certain industries, such as manufacturing, mechanical and/or retail industries, are entitled to unpaid time off for the first two (2) hours polls are open, provided they request the time off in advance.

In Connecticut and Rhode Island, there is no law requiring employers to provide time off to vote. However, there are laws prohibiting an employer from influencing an employee’s vote.

If you have any questions about labor and employment laws, please contact the attorneys at Royal, P.C. at (413) 586 2288

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