New York State Paid Time Off for Voting Law Update

With election day fast approaching, New York State employers should ensure that they are ready to comply with § 3-110 of the New York State Election Law ("Law"). For many years prior to 2019, § 3-110 provided that employees who were registered to vote were entitled to up to two hours of paid time off to vote either between the opening of the polls and the beginning of their shift, or between the end of their shift and the closing of the polls. However, in 2019, § 3-110 was amended to essentially entitle employees to three hours of paid time off to vote, regardless of how much time they had to vote before their workday began or after it ended.
After much lobbying, earlier this year, New York State reversed the 2019 amendment and returned to the prev-2019 version of the Law.