Tuesday September 10 is provincial election day in Manitoba.
Employers need to know how the time off to vote rule may impact their staff scheduling. Our tips may help motivate your employees to participate in the democratic process of selecting the next provincial government.
Every vote counts!
What are the dos and don’ts of discussing elections at work?
It’s good to talk about the election. Discuss what issues are important to your small business and your families. Learn where the political parties stand on these matters.
Consider these ideas:
- Hold a staff meeting to review the issues and the parties’ policies.
- Notify your team of how and when to vote.
- Reward staff after they vote with a treat, such as coffee and donuts.
Do you have to give time off work to vote?
According to the Manitoba’s Elections Act, between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. eligible voters are entitled to 3 consecutive hours off work to vote, at the discretion of the employer. When providing time off work to vote, employers can not reduce wages or impose any other penalty on the employee.
Here are a few examples about staff scheduling on election day:
- If an employee’s shift is 9:00-5:00, the 3 consecutive hours start at 5:00 p.m., so there is no need to grant time off.
- Should a shift be 9:00-6:00, the employer could change the shift to be 8:00-5:00, or allow the employee one hour off at the beginning or end of the shift.
- When an employee works 8:00-8:00, the employer could agree to an employee’s request to work at 10:00-8:00 so the three hours to vote are 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Do you know where and when to vote?
- The boundaries of your electoral division may have changed since the last Manitoba election in 2016. If unsure, it’s easy to search for voting information based on location.
- Advance voting allows Manitobans to cast their ballots if unable to vote on September 10. Advance polling stations are open Thursday, August 29 to Thursday, September 5. Many locations are open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Noon to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.) Photo identification is required. Read the list of locations, dates and hours.
- Check that status of your Voter Registration. Go online to see if you are already registered or need to register.
To learn more about these four key policies and the different initiatives CFIB is challenging political parties to adopt, visit our Manitoba Election 2019.
To find out where party leaders stand on issues important to your business, visit our Party Leaders' Survey website.
Do you have questions about how the provincial election will impact your business? Call CFIB today at 1-888-234-2232 or send an email to [email protected].