Employer Guide for Election Season
Monday, October 24, 2016 at 11:51AM
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by Nicole Kamm & Tal Burnovski Yeyni

 

The 2016 presidential election season has provided fodder for often impassioned conversations among friends, family and co-workers.  While we may not always agree with all points of view, it is important to remember that conduct and discussion tolerated among friends or family may not be suitable in the workplace.

Employers should be mindful of the principal “dos and don’ts” when addressing political speech in the workplace

Generally, time off to vote can be restricted to the beginning or end of an employee’s shift, whichever allows the most free time for voting and the least time off from the regular working shift (unless employee and employer agree otherwise). Finally, if employees know, or have reason to believe that time off to vote will be necessary, they are required to give notice to the employer at least two working days prior to the election.   

 

Nicole Kamm and Tal Burnovski Yeyni are Employment Defense attorneys

 

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