Texas Employee Voting Laws


Paul Simon:
Whether you’re a Republican.

Dustin Paschal: Or a Democrat.

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Dustin Paschal: Or a bleeding liberal.

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Dustin Paschal: Or MSNBC.

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Dustin Paschal: Or you’re with her. Here’s your legal tip of the week from Simon Paschal PLLC. We’re going to talk about voting and workplace voting in particular. Texas law is what governs voting leave for employees in the workplace. There is no federal law. So you look to the state and Texas law requires that employers give employees paid leave to vote on voting day if they have not otherwise voted in early voting. Now the paid leave requirement is to give them two hours of paid leave if they do not have two consecutive hours outside of their normal working hours within which to vote. If they don’t have those two hours outside of their normal working hours, either before or after, then the employer has to give them two hours of paid leave to vote. If that time occurs during mandatory overtime periods, then the employer has to pay that overtime right. But those are the requirements for leave to vote here in Texas.

Paul Simon: Now the law also has an anti-retaliation provision in there, and that is basically that an employer cannot retaliate against an employee for who the employee disclosed that they voted for or if the employee disclosed that they did not vote for anyone. The anti-retaliation provision also has anOp anti-retaliation requirement for the employee refusing to disclose whether or not they voted or who they voted for. So those are your legal tips of the week. We look forward to seeing you next week.

Dustin Paschal: Thanks.

 

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