Voting Leave and the Upcoming Election

It has been an interesting election cycle thus far, and will only heat up as we approach the November Federal election. While I know that many AAA members will be in Las Vegas attending the American Ambulance Association’s Annual Conference & Trade Show, many of our fellow employees will be staying behind staffing the dispatch centers, ambulances, and administrative offices to ensure we can deliver service to those in need.  It is important that employers understand the obligations that they may have to their employees with regard to voting.

While most employers operate during “normal business hours” providing their employees with plenty of time to exercise their “civic duty,” our employees may be scheduled to work the entire period that the polls are open.  There is currently no Federal law that provides that employers must allow their employees leave from work to vote. However, many states have laws that provide leave to an employee leave to allow them to vote. In some states, voting leave must be paid. The requirements under the different state laws vary, including the number of hours the polls are open before or after the employee’s shift, timing of notice that the employee must give the employer of the need for leave, and if the employer must post a voting rights notice for employees. There is a comprehensive article that was published by the HR Legalist this past April that examines the specific state requirements for employers as it relates to the employee’s right to voting leave.

The key for employers, understand what your obligations are long before November 8, 2016.  Employers should be sure to communicate to their employees and management what their obligations are under any applicable state law so that the employee and employer can plan accordingly.


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Scott Moore

Scott A. Moore, Esq. has been in the emergency medical services field for over 26 years. Scott has held various executive positions at several ambulance services in Massachusetts. Scott is a licensed attorney, specializing in Human Resource, employment and labor law, employee benefits, and corporate compliance matters. Scott has a certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and was the Co-Chair of the Education Committee for the American Ambulance Association (AAA) for several years. In addition, Scott is a Site Reviewer for the Commission on the Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS). Scott earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Salem State College and his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School. Scott maintains his EMT and still works actively in the field as a call-firefighter/EMT in his hometown. Scott is a member of the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Northeast Human Resource Association.

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