Time to Vote!

November 2, 2016

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Election day is almost here! (thank goodness). It’s always good to encourage your employees to celebrate our democracy and get out and vote.

And, depending on your state, you may be required to provide employees time off to go vote. For example, in the state of California:

  • Employees can be given as much time as they need in order to vote, but only a maximum of two hours is paid.
  • Employers may require employees to give advance notice that they will need additional time off for voting.
  • Employers may require time off to be taken only at the beginning or end of the employee’s shift.
  • Employers must post this notice at least ten days prior to a statewide election.

Here is a list of state requirements to be aware of before election day.

So, how do you encourage political participation without endorsing or advocating for one side or the other? Here are a few things you can do to get your employees to respectfully engage in the democratic process:

  1. To make time for voting, keep election day “meeting free”. Encourage employees to make time by saving them time from meetings, just for a day.
  2. Have some patriotic snacks around the office. Red white and blue gumballs? American flag cupcakes? You can have some fun without breaking your budget.
  3. Photo sharing – encourage your teams to get creative by sharing photos after leaving the polling booth.
  4. Bagel anyone? Bring in bagels or donuts so people can vote before work and not have to worry about getting breakfast on their way in.

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Danny Speros is Senior Manager of HR Products and Services at Zenefits, where he enjoys advising clients on their human resources questions and needs. After working for more than 17 years in HR and small business leadership, Danny draws on his experience to help in a wide variety of situations and loves constantly learning new things.

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