HR Update: Time off to vote? Yes! Campaigning? No!
With less than a week to go in the 2012 election campaign, here's a timely reminder from UW-Parkside's Human Resources department about your right to take time off to vote and the obligation not to participate in political activity on the job. By state statute, an employee who is eligible to vote in an election and who finds it impossible to vote during non-working hours may be absent from work to vote.
"Wisconsin allows three hours of time away from work [unpaid] for employees to vote," said Interim HR Director Barbara Farrar. "Managers must let employees leave work to vote, but the manager can determine when the employee can take time off."
Farrar noted employees must notify the manager before Election Day of the need for time off to vote.
More information on Wisconsin voting is on the UW System web site.
At the same time, Farrar reminds us that as state employees, we are prohibited from participating in political activities at work. More information on the UW System policy is also available on the web.You can also vote by absentee ballot. Contact the clerk of your municipality for more information.