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Connecticut Employers Must Provide Two Hours of Unpaid Time Off to Vote

On June 23, 2021, Governor Lamont signed Senate Bill 1202, a special session bill implementing the state budget for fiscal years 2022 and 2023.  Included in the 837-page bill is a requirement for employers to provide employees with two hours of unpaid time off to vote on the day of a regular state election.  In the case of a special election for U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, state senator, or state representative, the new requirement to provide time off applies only to employees who are “electors” (meaning already registered to vote). Thus, non-registered voters are not entitled to time off to vote in a special election.

The unpaid time off entitlement applies only for time off taken during the employee’s regularly scheduled work hours on election day and only when taken when the polls are open. Employees must request unpaid time off at least two working days in advance.  The law is now in effect and remains in effect until June 30, 2024.

©2021 Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. All rights reserved.National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 237
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Peter M. Stein, Epstein Becker Green, National Employer Representation,
Member

PETER M. STEIN is a Member of the Firm in the Labor and Employment practice of Epstein Becker Green. Based in the firm's Stamford office, where he serves as the Managing Shareholder, he represents both national and regional employers in all aspects of labor and employment law.

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Deborah DeHart Cannavino Employment Attorney Epstein Becker Green Law Firm
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DEBORAH DeHART CANNAVINO is a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the Stamford office of Epstein Becker Green. She has been practicing labor and employment law in Connecticut for more than twenty-five years. Ms. Cannavino was selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list (2016 to 2018), in the areas of Employment & Labor: Employer and Employment Litigation: Defense. She was also recommended by The Legal 500 United States in the areas of Labor and...

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Carol J. Faherty, Epstein Becker, Connecticut lawyer, Labor Attorney
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CAROL J. FAHERTY is an Associate in the Labor and Employment and Litigation practices, in the Stamford office of Epstein Becker Green. 

Ms. Faherty:

  • Represents clients in all aspects of employment litigation matters, including discrimination, sexual harassment/hostile work environment, retaliation, wrongful termination, whistleblowing, and wage and hour claims, among others, before state and federal courts and administrative agencies

  • Represents clients in...

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