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Massachusetts Political Activity: What you need to know

Massachusetts law requires employers in any manufacturing, mechanical, or mercantile establishment to give employees time off to vote during the first two hours after the polls open, provided the employees are eligible to vote and have requested the time off. The law does not require employers to pay their employees for this time. Employers that violate this provision are subject to a maximum fine of $500 (MA Gen. Laws Ch. 149 Sec. 178, Sec. 180).
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Employers are prohibited from threatening, disciplining, discharging, promising, or rewarding an employee in an attempt to influence him or her to give or to withhold his or her vote or political contribution. Additionally, employers cannot take any employment action regarding an employee because of his or her actual vote or political contribution or lack thereof. Those that violate this provision may be fined up to $1,000, imprisoned for up to 6 months, or both (MA Gen. Laws Ch. 56 Sec. 33).
Public employers are prohibited from using their official authority or influence to coerce the political action of another or to interfere with any election. Violators may be fined between $100 and $1,000 (MA Gen. Laws Ch. 56 Sec. 36).

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