Election Day is finally upon us! There a predictions of a heavy voter turnout on election day. What does that mean for employers in Ohio? In accordance to Ohio Revised Code, Section 3599.06, No employer, his officer or agent, shall discharge or threaten to discharge an elector for taking a reasonable amount of time to vote on election day; or require or order an elector to accompany him to a voting place upon such day; or refuse to permit such elector to serve as an election official on any registration or election day; or indirectly use any force or restraint or threaten to inflict any injury, harm, or loss; or in any other manner practice intimidation in order to induce or compel such person to vote or refrain from voting for or against any person or question or issue submitted to the voters. Violators could face a fine up to $500.
Ohio employers are required to provide their employees reasonable time to vote. The law doesn’t specify how much time is reasonable nor does it outline any specific procedure to notify an employer of their intent to vote. If you have a voting policy in your employee handbook please have employees review prior to Election Day.
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