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Time Off for Employees to Vote in the Provincial Election

The 40th Provincial General Election will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. In accordance with the collective agreements and with the Election Act, employees are entitled to a minimum number of hours off without loss of pay during voting hours.

Key points

  • Time off is without loss of pay
  • Time off is to be granted at the convenience of the employer
  • Employers need only provide sufficient time off to make up the minimum block of time during the period that the polls are open

General voting day Hours

  • Polls will be open for voting from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm (Pacific Time) Tuesday, May 14, 2013.

Employees subject to the collective agreements

According to Article 20.5 (Elections) in the collective agreements:

Any employee eligible to vote in a federal, provincial, municipal, First Nations or other Aboriginal election or a referendum shall have four (4) consecutive clear hours during the hours in which the polls are open in which to cast their ballot.

Employers are not obligated to grant each employee four (4) hours off work to vote where unnecessary. Rather, employers must provide sufficient time away from work to make up a four (4) hour block of time during the period that the polls are open.

For example, if an employee is scheduled to work from 9:00 am to 5: 00 pm, the employee could:

  • Start work at 12:00 pm, thus having the four consecutive hours from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm in which to vote; or
  • Finish work at 4:00 pm, thus having the four consecutive hours from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm in which to vote.

An employee who requires time off to vote is not permitted to choose the best time to leave work; they must take the time off at the convenience of the employer.

Other Employees are subject to the Election Act

Employees not covered by the collective agreements are subject to the Election Act, which entitles them to up to four (4) consecutive hours free from work during the hours that polls are open to cast their vote on the day of the provincial election. The principles outlined above for employees covered by the collective agreements are applicable here.

If you have any questions, please contact your HRLR Consultant.

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