Utah Political Activity: What you need to know

Under Utah law, voters are entitled to paid time off from work on Election Day if they do not have at least 3 hours of nonwork time when the polls are open. Before Election Day, the employee must notify the employer of the need to be absent. The employee is entitled to up to 2 hours off when the polls are open. The employer may specify the hours during which the employee may be absent, but the employer must grant requests for time off at the beginning or the end of the work shift. Any employer that violates this section is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor (UT Code Sec. 20A-3-103).
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State career service employees cannot engage in any political activity during work time, nor may they solicit political contributions from employees of the executive branch during work time. Partisan political activity may not be a basis for employment, promotion, demotion, or dismissal. If any state career service employee is elected to any partisan or full-time nonpartisan political office, that employee will be granted a leave of absence without pay for times when monetary compensation is received for service in political office. This law does not preclude voluntary contributions by a state employee to the party or candidate of the employee's choice (UT Code Sec. 67-19-19).
It is illegal for an employer to threaten or intimidate an employee concerning whether or how that person votes. Employers may not use pay envelopes printed with political mottoes, arguments, or threats intended to influence the employee's opinions, views, or actions. In addition, employers are forbidden, within 90 days of an election, to exhibit any handbill, placard, or notice in the workplace containing ...

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