Election Day – Do you know where your employees are?

By Eric W. Tiritilli

In just a few short days the end of the campaign season will be upon us. No matter which side of the aisle you are on, on November 8th, we are afforded the great privilege and right to vote for our next President and other elected officials.

One question often asked is whether employers are required to give employees time off to vote. The answer, in Nebraska, is straightforward.

Nebraska law does require employers to give registered voters up to 2 paid hours off work if the employee does not have two consecutive hours between the time the polls open and close when they are not required to be at work. Also, an employer cannot penalize the employee for their absence.

In Nebraska, the polls are open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Central Time Zone. So, if the employee does not have a 2-hour period between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to vote due to their work schedule, upon request – even if it comes on election day – an employee must be granted enough time off to vote to allow a 2-hour window (including their non-working time) between the opening and closing of the polls. The employer can, however, specify the time the employee may be absent to vote.

Because polls in Nebraska are open for 12 hours this is unlikely to present any issue for most employers. Nevertheless, it’s always best to be prepared!

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