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04 Aug

August 2021: Connecticut Employers Required to Provide Unpaid Time Off to Vote

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Update Applicable to:
All employers in Connecticut. 

What happened?
On June 25, 2021, Governor Lamont signed General Assembly Bill 1202 into law, which included unpaid voting leave. 

What are the details?
Effective immediately and through June 30, 2024, employers are required to provide all employees with two hours of unpaid time off to vote. 

Any employee is eligible for the leave in the case of a state election or for employees who are electors in the case of any special election for United States senator, representative in Congress, state senator or state representative. The employee will be entitled to two hours of unpaid time from their regularly scheduled workday of any covered election during voting hours as long as it is requested no less than two working days prior to the election. 

The Bill is here

An article on the bill is here.

What do employers need to do?
Employers should review the information provided above in order to update their leave policies to provide the required leave to their applicable employees for voting.