Hawaii Political Activity: What you need to know

Under Hawaii law, employees may take paid time off to vote. Employees may take up to 2 hours off, excluding meal and rest periods, if they do not have 2 consecutive hours free from work when the polls are open.
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Employers may not penalize employees for taking such leave nor may they reschedule their normal work hours. If an employer verifies that an employee took time off but failed to vote, the employer may make appropriate deductions from the employee's wages or salary. Presentation of a voter's receipt to the employer is sufficient proof that the employee voted. An employer that violates this law may face a fine of up to $300 (HI Rev. Stat. Sec. 11-955).
Last reviewed April 2015.

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