Right to Vote

Policy Author:
Employee Engagement

Responsible Office – Department:
Employee Engagement

Effective Date of Policy:
February 2, 2021

New York employers must provide employees with time off to vote in accordance with these state rules. If an employee does not have 4 consecutive hours at the beginning or end of their working shift when the polls open and close, they may take off up to 2 hours, without loss of pay, to allow them time to vote if they are a registered voter. Employees requesting time off to vote, must complete an Employee Time Off Request Form, signed by their supervisor and submit to the Office of Employee Engagement for processing. Please visit the Employee Benefits webpage for more information and a link to the Employee Time Off Request Form. https://www.daemen.edu/about/working-daemen/employee-benefit-and-contact-information.

Paid time off rules: Of the time taken off to vote, up to two hours may be taken without loss of pay. Time off to vote must be taken at the beginning or end of the person’s work shift unless otherwise mutually agreed upon between the employee and employer.

Advance notice requirements: An employee who needs time off to vote shall notify the employer no more than 10 nor less than two working days before election day that time off is required.

Amount of time off allowed: Of the time taken off to vote, up to two hours may be taken without loss of pay.

When time off not allowed: If an employee has four consecutive nonworking hours when the polls are open, the employee has sufficient time outside of work to vote.

Updated on November 3, 2021

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