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Newfoundland and Labrador Election - must I give employees time off to vote?

A Provincial election will be held in Newfoundland and Labrador on May 16, 2019. As an employer, you must give every eligible worker the opportunity to vote. 

A provincial election has been called for May 16, 2019. According to the Elections Act, 1991, every Canadian citizen who is at least 18 years of age, and was a resident in the Province the day before polling day, and a resident of the district and polling division on polling day, is eligible to vote.

As an employer, you must:

  • Provide employees with four (4) consecutive hours away from work in which they can go vote;
  • Pay employees for the time they are granted to vote if that time overlaps with their scheduled shift. 

The four consecutive hours can be scheduled at your discretion, at the beginning, middle, or end of the day, and employees may choose not to take the time. If part or all of the 4 hours granted to go vote overlaps with the employee’s shift, they must be paid for the time they would have worked. 

For example: if the polls close at 8pm and a worker’s shift is until 5pm, they must be allowed to leave at 4pm (if the employer chooses this time slot) and must be paid for the hour of work that they will miss.

To learn more, visit Elections Newfoundland and Labrador, or call them at 1-877-729-7987. You can also contact your CFIB Business Counsellor with any questions.