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Election Day: Is paid time off required?

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Q. Are we obligated to pay employees for the time they take off to vote?

A. Yes. Under Minnesota law, employers must give employees paid time off (PTO) to vote during the morning of an election. The statute applies to employees who wish to vote in regularly scheduled state primaries or general elections, elections to fill a vacancy in an office of a Minnesota or U.S. senator or representative and presidential primaries. An employer who violates this provision is guilty of a misdemeanor.

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