Arizona Political Activity: What you need to know

Under Arizona law, employers must give employees paid time off to vote in a general election if they do not have 3 consecutive hours outside of working hours when the polls are open. Upon application to the employer before Election Day, an employee may, without penalty, take the amount of time needed to provide a total of 3 consecutive hours. The employer may specify the hours that the employee may take off. Employers that do not allow employees time off to vote, or that penalize employees for doing so, are subject to a Class 2 misdemeanor (AZ Rev. Stat. Sec. 16-402).
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It is unlawful for an employer to (AZ Rev. Stat. Sec. 16-1012):
• Give an employee his or her paycheck in an envelope on which there is written or printed anything calculated to influence the employee's political opinions, views, or actions.
• Exhibit in the workplace within 90 days of an election any handbill, notice, or placard containing a threat, notice, or information that if a particular ticket or candidate is elected or defeated, work will be stopped, wages reduced, or other retaliatory action will be taken.
An employer that violates either of these provisions is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
Last reviewed on August 10, 2017.

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