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When polls open nationwide next Tuesday for the 2010 mid-term elections, chances are, some of your employees will want to take part of the day off to cast their ballots. Must you let them?

No federal law requires employers to grant leave for the purpose of voting. However, most states have laws that do. Many specifically address situations in which an employee’s work hours do not permit sufficient time to vote during the hours polls are open.

See below for a full state-by-state rundown of voting leave laws.

Remember that flexibility can be the key when it comes to encouraging employees to vote. While your state law may not mandate paid time off, there’s nothing that prohibits you from implementing a voting policy that offers your employees greater flexibility or privile...(register to read more)

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