Connecticut Political Activity: What you need to know

There is no legal requirement in Connecticut to give employees paid or unpaid time off to vote in elections. There are, however, state laws on the following matters.
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Influencing voters. Employers may not threaten any employee with loss of employment, make promises of employment, or discharge employees in an attempt to influence the employee's vote within 60 days prior to any election or municipal or school district election or meeting (CT Gen. Stat. Sec. 9-365).
Candidates for state Legislature. Employers of 25 or more workers may not discriminate against or discharge an employee who is a candidate for the state Legislature. This law also requires an employer to permit persons elected to the state Legislature to take time off to perform their duties. The law does not require the employer to pay for such time, but it does protect the elected employee's seniority and shift preference. The employee is required to notify the employer of his or her nomination within 30 days thereof (CT Gen. Stat. Sec. 2-3a).
Public office. An employee who leaves his or her job to accept a full-time elective municipal or state office position must be granted a personal leave of absence from employment for up to two consecutive terms of office. This requirement applies to private employers with more than 25 employees and to municipalities in which there is no ordinance or charter provision to the contrary. The person is entitled to be reinstated to his or her original position or a similar position with equivalent pay and accumulated seniority, retirement, fringe benefits, and other service credits, unless the employer's circumstances have so changed as to make it impossible or unreasonable to do so. The person must give notice in ...

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