Bostonians hanging out on Newbury Street Tuesday walked past a closed Patagonia store. Amid the typical bustle of the popular street, the store laid vacant with a sign on the door that read, “When the polls open, we close.” Employees were given time off to vote and use the time to help in the voting process, if so desired. The “Time To Vote” campaign has partnered with large corporations including Patagonia, Walmart and Nordstrom. In this partnership, CEOs encouraged their employees through various measures such as offering paid time off and meeting-free workdays. The campaign cites a low voter participation rate as the inspiration behind the movement. About 58 percent of the population of eligible voters in the United States voted in the 2016 general election, and the 2014 midterm election was the lowest turnout since 1942. Four years ago, only 36.4 percent of voters cast ballots in the midterm elections. Time to Vote, which describes itself as nonpartisan, … [Read more...] about Time to Vote campaign presses companies to give employees time off to vote
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The turnout rate for tomorrow’s midterm elections is expected to be 44.8 percent. ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images More than 300 companies, including Walmart, Gap, Lyft, PayPal and Levi Strauss & Co., will offer employees a few hours of paid time off tomorrow to vote in the 2018 midterm elections.These companies are all members of a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition called “Time to Vote,” formed by a group of CEOs in late September in an effort to increase voter participation.The U.S. has one of the lowest voter turnout rates in the developed world. And the midterms are particularly notorious for low voter participation. During the last midterm elections in 2014, only 36 percent of the voting population cast ballots, according to statistics from the U.S. Elections Project. During the 2016 presidential election, the turnout rate was 56 percent.Subscribe to Observer’s Business NewsletterFor comparison, countries with the highest voter participation saw … [Read more...] about Walmart, Lyft & 300 Other Companies Offer Employees Time Off to Vote
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Russ Wiles Arizona Republic Published 2:16 PM EDT Nov 1, 2018 Many Arizonans will work around their job schedules to make it to the polls for Election Day. Are they entitled to take time off from work, and is it paid time off? The answer to both questions is generally "yes," Phoenix employment-law attorneys Jodi Bohr and Donald Peder Johnsen said. Writing an alert to employers heading into the Nov. 6 election, the two attorneys at Gallagher & Kennedy affirmed that Arizona law does allow employees to take time off from work to vote, but important restrictions apply. Blocks of time off State law essentially creates two three-hour blocks of time starting when polls in Arizona open at 6 a.m. and concluding after polls close at 7 p.m. An employee whose regular shift is set to start earlier than 9 a.m. may be absent from work until 9 a.m. to vote, they said. Similarly, an employee whose regular shift is scheduled to end later than 4 … [Read more...] about Arizona election: Do you get time off to vote and get paid?
NEW YORK A record 44 percent of U.S. firms will give workers paid time off to vote Nov. 6, up from 37 percent in 2016, according to reports from the Society for Human Resources Management. Millions of workers could be covered by such policies, and if they facilitate voting among people who otherwise wouldn’t, it could affect the outcome of contested races for the House and Senate potentially even determine which party controls both chambers as well as governor’s races in numerous states. More than 400 companies also have signed on to efforts with ElectionDay.org and Time to Vote to boost voter turnout in various ways. That doesn’t necessarily mean shutting down or officially giving workers time off. Some firms, like Lyft Inc. have instituted “no meetings” policies or provided on-site voter registration. Among them is restaurant chain Cava, which has 1,800 employees spread across 68 sites in 10 states. For the first time, the company’s workers will … [Read more...] about More CEOs giving employees time off to vote