August 2019 - Important Update - NYS Election Law

As you should recall, revision to New York's election law, announced in April, gives workers in the state up to three hours of paid time off to vote, Under the new law, all employees may request up to three hours of paid time off to vote, regardless of their work schedules, as long as the request is made at least two working days prior to the election. The employer may designate that any requested time be taken at the beginning or the end of shift.

One statute that wasn’t clear with this new mandate was whether or not employers could require employees to use their paid time off (PTO) to vote. Recent guidance from the Board of Elections provides clarification that employers are not allowed to require employees to take PTO in order to vote; the thought is that doing so would be contrary to the intent of the new law.

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