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President Trump Issues Executive Order to Reshape Health Insurance Market

After failing to achieve a legislative solution to "repeal and replace" the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Trump issued an executive order (EO) on October 12, 2017, designed to promote “healthcare choice and competition” by modifying certain healthcare insurance regulations. In the absence of congressional action, according to the White House press release, this EO takes “the first steps to expand choices and alternatives to Obamacare plans and increase competition to bring down costs for consumers.” The cornerstone of this White House effort is the promotion of Association Health Plans (AHPs) allowing employers to join together to purchase insurance across state lines.

Employee Voting Leave: Preparing for Election Day

If the high turnout for early voting is any indicator, the number of voters going to the polls on Election Day on November 8, may be unprecedented. If voter turnout is as high as expected, employers can also expect that many of their workers will be waiting to vote in what could be very long lines.

A Reminder on Voting Rules for Non-U.S. Citizens

As the 2016 presidential election approaches, election reminders abound encouraging everyone to get out and vote on November 8th. Largely focused on the importance of participation, these messages do not typically distinguish between U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPR), and individuals in the United States pursuant to temporary nonimmigrant visas. In fact, it is critically important for LPRs and temporary nonimmigrants to understand the negative consequences that involvement in the election process could have on their U.S. immigration status. This is especially true in jurisdictions where it is relatively easy to register to vote.

Election Day is Coming – What are Your Obligations as an Employer?

With Election Day drawing near, and large voter turnout expected, employers should ensure they are aware of state law requirements related to providing employees with time off. While not all states impose requirements on employers, some impose time off obligations with the possibility of criminal or civil penalties for non-compliance.

A New Primer on Voting Leave Requirements: Are You Ready for the Elections?

The U.S. general election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, 2016. In this election, voters will determine the next president of the United States, and all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 34 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate are up for grabs. In addition, 12 states will hold elections for governor, 44 states will hold elections for state legislators, and many other state and local municipality races will determine ballot measures and elect officers such as attorneys general and mayors. Voter participation is as yet uncertain, but given the volatility of the election season to date, voter participation in these elections may be higher than expected. If so, employers may receive more requests for voting leave than they have in prior years. The following overview of state voting leave laws will arm employers with a basic knowledge of voting leave rights and prepare them for a potential onslaught of leave requests.

When Can An Employee Take Leave To Vote?

This fall, Americans have more than falling leaves and candy corn on their minds. While Election Day is November 8, 2016, many states have already begun the absentee and early voting process. And with the current contentious election cycle, voter turnout is likely to be high once again.

Resource Update: 50-State Survey Provides Overview of State Voting Leave Laws

In light of the upcoming Presidential election, employers may be wondering what their rights and obligations are regarding providing employees with time off to vote. Although federal law does not require private (nongovernmental) employers permit employees to take time off from work to vote, most state laws provide some form of voting leave. Because voting leave laws vary by state, it is important for employers to review their state's voting leave laws and adjust their policies accordingly.

Employee Voting Leave Rights Apply More Than Once Every Four Years

As we watch the presidential candidates light up the stage in preparation for next year’s election, voting leave may not be top of mind for HR. After all, no need to worry about that pesky topic until next November, right? Sorry to say, HR, but you are not off the hook.

A Primer on Voting Leave Requirements: Are You Ready for the Mid-Term Elections?

General elections are scheduled for Tuesday, November 4, 2014. This mid-term election will see all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate up for grabs. In addition, numerous states will hold elections for governors, state legislators, and will determine the winners in other state and local races. Given the low approval ratings of the president and Congress, there may be higher than usual voter participation in these elections. As a result, employers may be faced with more issues related to requests for voting leave than in prior years. The following overview of the voting leave laws across the country will arm employers with a basic knowledge of voting leave rights in the various states and help employers prepare for the upcoming onslaught of leave requests.

Voting Leave for Election Day

As mentioned in a recent FR alert, “Time Off to Vote?,” written by my colleague Sally J. Scott, Illinois requires employers to allow employees who are eligible to vote up to two hours of paid time off while polls are open (from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.) on Election Day. For wage and hour purposes, employers should consider the following when determining whether an employee is entitled to this type of paid leave:

Time Off to Vote?

With the election less than two weeks away, questions come up regarding whether employers are required to give employees time off of work to vote. Under Illinois’ Election Code, employees who are eligible voters are entitled to take up to two hours off work to vote. If an employee’s working hours begin less than two hours after the polls open and end less than two hours before the polls close, the employer must give the employee two hours off during working hours to vote. Employers may require the employee to give advance notice of the leave and may specify the time of day during which the employee may take the leave.

Check Your State's Voting Time Law

Most states have laws requiring employers to provide time off on Election Day for employees to vote. If you are not familiar with your state law, now is the time to check.

Employers should be aware of state laws regarding time off for voting.

With campaigns for the upcoming elections capturing voter interest, time-off for voting - and how that time-off affects attendance on the job - are issues that are being raised in many workplaces. In 31 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, employers must allow employees time off to get to polling places and cast votes and, in certain states, face fines for not doing so. See CCH’s annual list of such states. The remaining 19 states, including Pennsylvania, afford no specific rights or protections to an employee who takes time off to vote during work hours.

High Election Interest + High Voter Turnout = Potential Employer Headaches.

What Should Employers Do If Employees Request Time Off on Election Day?
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