Q. Looking ahead to the next elections, what are an employer’s requirements to give voting leave to employees in Illinois?
A. Employers aren’t required under federal law to provide voting leave for employees. However, many states have laws that provide voting leave for employees.
In Illinois, private employers are required to allow an employee to take up to two hours of paid leave to vote if the employee’s hours begin less than two hours after the polls open and end less than two hours before the polls close. However, employers may specify the hours that the employee may leave to vote. Employees must apply for voting leave the day before the election and show a voter registration card.