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New Jersey Political Activity: What you need to know

Under New Jersey law, there is no provision that requires employers to give time off from work to vote.
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An employer may not:
• Enclose an employee's pay in a pay envelope with a political motto, candidate's name, or any statements or threats intended to influence the employees' political opinions or actions written on it.
• Post or exhibit within 90 days of an election any handbill or placard that threatens that work or wages will be reduced or that the business will shut down if a particular candidate is elected, or that is intended to influence employees' political opinions or actions.
• Use physical force or threats to influence employees' use of the right to vote.
(NJ Rev. Stat. Sec. 19:34-27), (Sec. 19:34-30).
State law prohibits employers from requiring employees to attend or participate in any communications about political matters. Employers are permitted to discuss political matters with an employee if the employer notifies the employee that participation is voluntary and that the employer will not penalize nonparticipants.
"Political matters" are broadly defined by the law as "any lawful political, social, or community organization or activity." Remedies for violations include restraining orders, reinstatement, lost wages, attorney's fees, and punitive damages. Violators are liable for civil fines of $1,000 for first-time offenders and $5,000 for subsequent violations (NJ Rev. Stat. Sec. 34:19-1et seq.).
Career service or senior executive service employees cannot directly or indirectly use or try to use their positions to control or affect the political activity of another person. The law also prohibits engaging in ...

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