Voting and the law of the California workplace
The 2020 election season will soon end. A record number of Californians are expected to vote by mail; many already have.
How do employers deal with their employees who have yet to vote but will in the days ahead?
Under the state’s Voter Protection Act effective since Jan. 1, an employer may not ask or require an employee to bring their vote by mail ballot to the workplace or to cast their mail ballot at the workplace. Doing so subjects an employer to a $10,000 civil fine — so no voting conclaves in a socially distanced conference room. That law expressly does not prohibit employers from encouraging their employees to vote.
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