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Minnesota Voting Day Laws 2012

Employers must be aware of their obligations and employee rights!

Please note that in 2010, following the last presidential election, Minnesota amended its time off for voting law. Employers should be aware of this change for 2012 elections!

Under the new Minnesota law, employees have the right to "be absent from work for the time necessary to appear at the employee's polling place, cast a ballot, and return to work on the day of the election." Companies cannot interfere with this right, nor deduct from an employee's pay because of the absence. Previously this right was limited to a reasonable time off work the morning of the election, but that right has changed to the necessary time off during the entire Election Day.

For a free sample of an Employee Notice of November 6, 2012 Election Procedures, for Minnesota employers contact Angela Quinn in our Minneapolis office at (952) 746-1700, or email anquinn@wesselssherman.com.