Do I Have to Give My Employees Time Off to Vote?

Due to my travel schedule and client demands, I have not kept up with my goal of making a post to this blog at least once a week.  Beginning today, I hope to get back on that schedule.  In light of the intense interest in this year’s elections, I thought it would be a good idea to answer the above question, which I last addressed fours years ago.  Since then, Georgia law on the question has not changed.  Employers are still required to give their employees up to two hours off to vote, but if your agency’s normal work day for its employees is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., it may not be necessary to give them time off to vote tomorrow.  My last post on this subject explains why that is.

What I said in that post about the closeness of the election races did not turn out to be accurate.  However, I think this time the races will be very close, so every vote will definitely count.  All employers should encourage their employees to vote and should vote themselves, if they have not already done so.

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