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Do Employees Get Paid Time Off to Vote in Maryland?

July 6, 2022

Laura L. Rubenstein

With Maryland’s Primary Election Day quickly approaching (Tuesday, July 19, 2022) followed by the General Election Day (Tuesday, November 8,2022), we thought it was time for a quick reminder about what leave rights your employees have to vote.

The law states, “Every employer in [Maryland] shall permit any employee who claims to be a registered voter in the State a period not to exceed 2 hours absence from work on election day in order to cast a ballot if the employee does not have 2 hours of continuous off-duty during the time that the polls are open.” (Emphasis added).

Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The employer shall pay the employee for the 2-hour absence from work. Employees are required to furnish to their employer proof that the employee has voted or attempted to vote on a form provided by the polling place in order to justify payment.

For questions about other workplace benefits, please contact me at LRubenstein@RKWlawgroup.com.

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