October 29, 2010

Employees’ election day rights expanded by 2010 change in Minnesota law

Posted in Election Day, Election Day, Leaves of Absence tagged , , at 4:37 pm by Tom Jacobson

With election day just around the corner, employers need to be mindful of a 2010 change which broadens the rights of Minnesota employees to miss work to vote.

Previously, employees had the right to be absent to vote during the morning of an election.  The “morning” limitation has been lifted, and employees may now be absent  for the time necessary to appear at the employee’s polling place, cast a ballot, and return to work on the day of the election.  Employers are still prohibited from interfering with that right, and violation of this law is still a misdemeanor.

The law does not apply to every election, but it does apply to the November 2, 2010 mid-terms.

For more information on how this change affects an employer’s election day obligations, please contact me.

The comments posted in this blog are for general informational purposes only. They are not to be considered as legal advice, and they do not establish an attorney-client relationship. For legal advice regarding your specific situation, please consult your attorney.

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