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Employers Are Advised to Consider State Voting Leave Laws Ahead of the Presidential Election

October 30, 2012

Election Day, which is Tuesday, November 6, 2012 is quickly approaching. Employees may request time-off from work to vote in this year’s presidential election. While Michigan does not have a law specifically requiring employers to grant employees leave to vote, many other states do. If you have employees in the following states and territories, the employees may have a legal right to leave work to vote or otherwise participate in the election:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

If you have any questions regarding the voting leave laws in these various states and territories, please contact one of Honigman’s Labor and Employment attorneys listed here.