Posted on: Sep 18, 2017
Section 162 of the Electoral Act 1993 provides that employers are required to allow all their employees who are electors and who have not had a reasonable opportunity to vote on Election Day before starting work, to leave their work for the purpose of voting, no later than 3pm for the remainder of the day. An Employer cannot make deductions from the Employee’s remuneration for the time taken off.
However, where any employee is required to work after 3 o’clock in the afternoon of polling day for the purpose of carrying on any essential work or service, employer is obliged to allow the Employee to leave his or her work for a reasonable time not exceeding 2 hours for the purpose of voting.
Election Day falls on Saturday, 23rd September 2017.
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