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Time Off for Voting Rules in Massachusetts

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

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

Massachusetts voting leave laws apply to employees in manufacturing, mechanical, and mercantile establishments.

These employees are not permitted to work during the two-hour period after polls are open if an application for absence during that period is made.

Paid time off rules: There are no provisions in the law as to salary or pay.

Advance notice requirements: An application for absence for the voting period must be made.

Employer penalty for violation: Fine up to $500.

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