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Time Off for Voting Rules in Hawaii

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

Voters in Hawaii are entitled to time between the opening and closing of the polls to vote.

Paid time off rules: Pay deductions and imposition of any penalty for taking time off to vote are not permitted, provided the employee casts a ballot.

Amount of time off allowed: An employee may take not more than two hours off to vote, excluding lunch or rest periods. Rescheduling of normal work hours is prohibited if an employee is lawfully absent for purposes of voting.

When time off not allowed: If an employee has two consecutive hours of nonworking time to vote (excluding lunch or rest periods) during the time the polls are open, the time off to vote requirements do not apply.

Employer penalty for violation: Fine of $50 to $300.

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