Update Applicable to:
All employers in the state of California.
What are the details?
The California Elections Code section 14001 requires employers to post a notice to employees advising them of provisions for taking paid leave for voting in statewide elections. A sample of this notice and a notice to employers regarding time off for voting is available below as a PDF download. You may call the Elections Division at (916) 657-2166 to order posters of the notices.
Employers must post the employee notice 10 days before a statewide election. A statewide election is an election held throughout the state. For a list of upcoming statewide elections, please visit our upcoming elections web page.
The employee notice must be posted either in the workplace or where employees can see it as they enter or exit their place of work.
Employees are eligible for paid time off to vote only if they do not have sufficient time outside of working hours to vote. The law intends to provide an opportunity to vote to workers who would not be able to do so because of their jobs.
Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Employees can be given as much time as they need to vote, but only a maximum of two hours is paid.
Employers may require employees to give advance notice that they will need additional time off for voting.
Employers may require time off to be taken only at the beginning or end of the employee’s shift.
Download the Notices:
The notices to employees and employers regarding employee time off for voting is available as a PDF download by clicking on one of the following links:
For more information, please see the links below:
California Secretary of State Announcement
What do employers need to do?
Employers should review the links provided above, allow their employees time off to vote for the upcoming elections, and post the notices above in a conspicuous manner and provide them to employees.