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As an Employer, do you Know Your Obligations for Voting?

Updated: Feb 5, 2020

As an employer you must remember the rights of your employees when election time comes around. Encouraging them to cast their vote on election day allows their voice to be heard, shaping the nation we live in.

I found this post was best explained by the Canadian Payroll Associations (CPA):

“Ahead of the Federal Elections on October 21, 2019, employers are reminded that under the Canada Elections Act it is required that an employee eligible to vote be accorded 3 consecutive hours while the polls are open in which to vote. What this means… Let’s say an eligible employee is entitled to three consecutive hours to vote and the polls are open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The employee's normal work hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Upon receiving the employee's request, the employer would have to allow the employee to leave at 5:00 p.m., or to start at 11:00 a.m., without loss of pay, giving the employee three consecutive hours in which to vote.” - CPA

This is great information to keep in mind. Hope you found this helpful.

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