UST employees: Please note voting leave policy
Tuesday, Nov. 7, is Election Day. Most employees know that Minnesota State law requires employers to provide every employee who is eligible to vote paid time off to do so during the morning of the day of the election. Employees also must not be penalized if they elect to take time off to vote during this legally protected period of the day.
St. Thomas’ Voting Leave Policy parallels this Minnesota law. Employees who find it more convenient to vote before beginning their morning work schedule may do so without fear of loss of pay or penalty. What is important to note is that this paid time off is for a designated period – which is during the morning of the voting day. Leaving work early to vote is not provided by university policy or Minnesota state law.
If you plan to vote in the morning before arriving to work, please notify your supervisor prior to Election Day.
For more information about St. Thomas’ Voting Leave Policy, please review the online version of the university's Employee Handbook; otherwise, you may contact your Human Resources Partner or call me at (651) 962-6510.