Reminder: Employees Are Legally Entitled to Time Off From Work to Vote

Massachusetts law requires employers in any manufacturing, mechanical or mercantile establishments to give employees, upon request, up to two hours after the polls open to vote.  Technically, employers need only give employees leave during the first two hours of the day when the polls are open, i.e., between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m., but employers are wise to be more lenient, particularly with the availability of early voting.

Employers that are required to provide employees with time off to vote do not have to pay employees for the time, although many allow employees to use paid personal time.

About Marc Terry

Marc is a partner in the firm's Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Group.  He has represented the firm's clients in more than 80 labor arbitrations and administrative hearings before numerous agencies, including the Department of Labor Relations, the Civil Service Commission, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the National Labor Relations Board, the Department of Labor and the American Arbitration Association.  He has also represented clients before the state and federal courts, and has argued before the State Appeals Court. He has also been the lead negotiator of more than 75 collective bargaining negotiations.
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