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Politics in the Workplace: Top Issues for Employers This Election Season

Elections and political activities carry a number of potential compliance pitfalls for employers. For example, an employer may wish to:

  • Endorse candidates;
  • Require attendance at campaign stops;
  • Distribute non-contributor lists;
  • Ask employees to forego a day's pay in order to attend a political event; or
  • Limit employee time away from work for the purposes of voting.

However, different jurisdictions set rules and regulations with respect to these activities. An employer should be aware of applicable legal and regulatory requirements this election season.