Wisconsin Political Activity laws & HR compliance analysis

Wisconsin Political Activity: What you need to know

Wisconsin law provides that employees may have three hours off to vote, with no penalty other than deduction for lost time. Thus, time off taken to vote may be unpaid. Employers that refuse to grant time off to vote could face a maximum penalty of six months in jail, a fine of $1,000, or both. The employee must apply for the time off prior to election day, and the employer may designate the time of day for the absence (WI Stat. Sec. 6.76, Sec. 12.07, Sec. 12.60(b)).
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Employers must allow employees to serve as election officials. Employers may not threaten or induce an employee to prevent them from serving. An employee serving as an election official is entitled to an unpaid leave of absence for the full 24 hours of election day. The employee must provide his or her employer with at least 7 days' notice prior to taking the leave. State employers must provide paid leave for this purpose (WI Stat. Sec. 7.33).
Employers may not give employees printed material containing any threat, notice, or information that if a particular candidate is elected, or if a referendum question is either adopted or rejected, the employer will reduce wages or that business will shut down. It is also illegal for an employer to use intimidation or promises of wage increases to attempt to influence an employee's political opinions or activities.
Wisconsin law also prohibits employers from using direct or indirect threats of employment action to cause an employee to make a contribution to or provide any service or benefit to a candidate, political party, or registrant for the purpose of influencing the election or nomination of a candidate or passage or defeat of a referendum ...

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Wisconsin Political Activity Resources

Type Title
Letters Distribution of Literature in Workplace
Policies Voting Policy
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