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New York Employers Must Now Provide 3 Hours of Paid Voting Leave

As a result of a new law, New York employers must provide 3 hours of paid voting leave to their employees for any election. Additionally, employees must notify their employers of their need for time off to vote at least 2 working days before Election Day.

Previously, employers only had to provide voting leave if their employees had insufficient time outside working hours to vote, and employers only had to pay for 2 hours of voting time. Additionally, employees previously had to notify their employers of their need for time off to vote at least 2 but not more than 10 working days before Election Day.

The new law is currently in effect.

Employers should be sure that their posters are updated to reflect the changes in the law and that they are adhering to the new requirements, effective immediately.

In addition, voting leaving policies in employee handbooks should be updated accordingly. Clients of HR Works who subscribe to the HR Helpline will receive the updated policy with the 2020 legal updates.  However, if Helpline clients would like to request the policy now, they can email the helpline at

The updated poster may be found here.

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