October 26, 2022

Federal law does not require private-sector employers to give employees time off to vote, but many state laws do. In March 2022, the Office of Personnel Management announced that federal employees may now receive up to four hours of administrative leave to vote in federal, state, local, tribal and territorial elections. Federal employees also may now use up to four hours of administrative leave per year to serve as nonpartisan poll workers or observers. To help employers address the related issues, this roundup provides links to some general information about voting rights and trends from organizations, government websites, third-party resources and news articles.

Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

State law resources

Multi-state resources

Individual state resources

Company initiatives

Stephanie Rosseau
by Stephanie Rosseau

Principal, Mercer’s Law & Policy Group

Fiona Webster
by Fiona Webster

Principal, Mercer’s Law & Policy Group


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