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Paid Leave for Employees to Vote

Volume 9, Issue 10
October 28, 2010

As we prepare for the general election on Tuesday, November 2, 2010, it is important for employers to keep in mind that Nevada law provides employees, who are registered voters, the right to take paid time off work to vote if it is impracticable for them to vote before or after their work time. SeeNevada Revised Statute 293.463. To be eligible for this paid time off, employees must seek permission before the day of the election. The required amount of time off to vote depends on the distance from the employee's place of work to the employee's polling location: (a) if the distance is 2 miles or less, the employee is entitled to 1 hour off; (2) if the distance is more than 2 miles, but not more than 10 miles, the employee is entitled to 2 hours off; and (c) if the distance is more than 10 miles, the employee is entitled to 3 hours off. An employee who uses such leave to vote may not be discharged, disciplined or otherwise penalized because of his or her absence from work. Any employer or person authorized to grant time off who denies an employee leave rights under Nevada Revised Statute 293.463 is guilty of a criminal misdemeanor.

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