You Have Lots Of Time To Vote

Yes, we’re reminding you to vote…again. This will be the last time, I promise. Maybe. Seriously though, vote. You wouldn’t want Raffi to be sad, would you?

The main reason I’m posting this is to remind you of something that a lot of people forget or don’t know. You have time to vote, even if you’re stuck at work. By law, your employer has to give you time off to vote, with pay!

By law, everyone who is eligible to vote must have three consecutive hours to cast their vote on election day. If your hours of work do not allow for three consecutive hours to vote, your employer must give you time off.
For example, if you live in a riding where voting hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and you usually work from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., your hours of work will not allow three consecutive hours for voting. To give you three consecutive hours to vote, your employer could allow you to arrive late (at 12:30 p.m.), let you leave early (at 6:30 p.m.), or give you three hours off at some point during the work day.
Your employer has the right to decide when the time off will be given.

The only exception are certain people who work in transportation, and even then it’s only allowable when providing 3 straight hours off is pretty much impractical or impossible.

Oh, and if your boss isn’t down with this and decides he’s either not letting you out or not going to pay you when you go, remind him that it’s a $2000 fine, 3 months in prison or both if he doesn’t change his tune.

Happy voting.

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