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Time Off for Voting Rules in California

Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on May 25, 2012.

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California employers must provide employees with time off to vote in accordance with these state rules.

If a voter in California does not have sufficient time to vote at a statewide election outside of working hours, the voter may take time off to vote.

Paid time off rules: Up to two hours of time off to vote is paid time off.

Advance notice requirements: The employer must be given two working days' notice of the need for time off in which to vote.

Amount of time off allowed: An employee may take enough time off from work that will, when added to voting time outside working hours, enable the person to vote; however, no more than two hours may be taken without loss of pay and time off may only be taken at the beginning or end of the employee's regular work shift, whichever allows the most free time for voting and the least time off from the shift — unless otherwise mutually agreed.

Posting requirements: Provisions of the voting law must be posted no fewer than 10 days prior to a statewide election.

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