What is it?
H.R. 2350 — Time Off To Vote Act — requires all employers give workers 2 hours of paid leave to vote during federal elections on election day. The bill would only apply to companies that employ more than 25 workers throughout the calendar year.
Employers who restrict their workers from taking paid leave as outlined by the act would be penalized. The bill also lends authority to the Secretary of Labor to investigate claims of such violations.
If a business is found guilty of violating the bill, the cost per violation could be as much as $10,000. A company’s record of violations, as well as its size would determine how much an employer pays in penalties.
People who work for companies with 25 employees or more, those businesses, local polling places, voter turnout, federal candidates, the Department of Labor, and the Secretary of Labor.
A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.
26 states have already passed similar measures to H.R. 2350, or
measures that require employers to give time off to vote. But in 19 states,
there are no laws that require employers give their workers time off to
vote. Without such laws, the concern is that employers will create an
environment that prohibits workers from voting. And even if employers do
allow for time off, low-income employees might not want to give up 2 to
3 hours of pay needed to vote.
Sponsoring Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) Press ReleaseTime Off For Voting by State (NOLO)(Photo Credit: Slate)