Illinois Employees are Guaranteed Time off to Vote

As election day gets closer, it’s a great time to figure out your plan to vote.  What happens if you are scheduled to work on election day, or if one of your employees has requested time off to vote? 

Under Illinois law, employees who work a shift that starts less than two hours after the polls open and ends less than two hours before they close are guaranteed two hours off during the day to vote.  It is prohibited for employers to dock pay for this time, or to otherwise discipline an employee who leaves work to vote.

However, in order to take advantage of these two hours, the employee must provide advance notice to the employer, and the employer can schedule when the employee is allowed to take them.  

If you have questions or want to learn more, contact us for a free, 30-minute consultation with an employment lawyer.  

Contact us to schedule your FREE consultation.

Lázaro Law Group
321 S. Plymouth Ct Suite 1250,
Chicago, IL 60604

Rafael E. Lazaro
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