With Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020, right around the corner, many California employers may be wondering if obligations under the California Election Code remain the same despite a work from home environment and expanded options for voting, such as early voting and vote-by-mail options.
California employers must still provide employees time off to vote, time to serve as an election official, and post voting requirements—here is what you need to know:
Taking Time Off to Vote
California Election Code section 14000 states:
Employer Posting Requirements
California Election Code section 14001 requires:
California employers to post voting leave requirements in a visible place for employees to view at least 10 days before every statewide election. That is Saturday, October 24, 2020. The notice can be downloaded and printed for free from the California Secretary of State website by clicking here. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, consider emailing the information to telecommuting employees.
Employees Serving as Election Officials
Employees who serve as election officials must be provided the full day to serve, but employers are not required to pay them for the time away. California Election Code section 12312 states that employees may serve as election officials on Election Day without being disciplined because of their absence.
Keep these rules in mind as Election Day draws near and reach out to AlvaradoSmith’s employment law attorneys if you have any further questions or assistance on compliance with local or federal laws addressing elections and voting.
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