With the presidential election less than a week away, employers should be prepared for their employees to head for the polls.
Almost every state prohibits an employer from disciplining or firing an employee who takes time off to vote. But some states go even further -- requiring employers to provide this time (generally, a couple hours or less), usually only if the employee isn't able to vote outside of work hours because of his or her work schedule or distance from the polls. In some states, this time is paid; in others, it isn't.
If you have employees who want time off to vote on November 4th, check with your state's labor department to find the applicable rule. You can also find the information in The Manager's Legal Handbook, by Amy DelPo and Lisa Guerin (Nolo).