Get Out the Vote

This Tuesday is a Statewide election. Voting hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. California’s Official Voter Information Guide and be accessed here.

Humboldt County employers have certain obligations—primarily to permit employees time off to vote. That’s the general rule of thumb in California, and a good one for employers to follow.  More specifically, employers must tell employees—by posting a notice—that there are provisions for taking paid leave for voting in statewide elections. Employers must provide such leave only if employees do not have sufficient time outside of working hours to vote. Employees have to give employers notice of the need for time off, and employers can require that the time off be taken at the beginning or end of an employee’s shift. Typically, requests for time off to vote happen when employees have long commute times to job sites in conjunction with long shifts. Humboldt County employers are cautioned against disciplining employees for taking necessary time off to vote.

A copy of employer notices can be found at the California Secretary of State’s Office in English and Spanish. The English version can be accessed here.

If you have any questions about the law’s requirements or employer’s obligations to employees prior to and during statewide elections, please call us at (707) 445-2071.