On April 1, 2019, the New York Election Law was amended to provide employees with up to three (3) hours of paid leave to vote in any election.

Employees no longer have to show that they do not have at least four (4) consecutive hours to vote before or after work in order to be eligible for paid voting leave. Instead, all employees may request up to three (3) hours of paid time off to vote, regardless of their work schedules, as long as the request is made at least two (2) working days prior to the election.

An employer may not deny the request but may designate that the voting leave time be taken at the beginning or end of the employee’s shift.

The New York State Board of Elections has issued an updated notice that must be posted conspicuously in the workplace at least ten (10) business days prior to any election. Employers should also revise the voting leave policies in their employee handbooks and policy manuals to reflect the amended leave entitlement.