Should companies give employees time off to vote?


Posted by Pete Debellis on November 6, 2018.

Voter turnout in the United States significantly lags behind that of most highly developed, democratic countries.1 It’s a complex issue, and one that many individuals care about. But do organizations have any obligation to address it—for instance, by giving employees time off to vote? While extra paid or unpaid time away from work may pose direct and indirect costs for employers, many employers are willing to invest in these programs on the basis of their impact on society—a phenomenon Deloitte identified as “The rise of the social enterprise” in its 2018 Global Human Capital Trends Report.2

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