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HR Policies & Employment Legislation

Sample Policies on Common HR Topics

Leaves - time off to vote

The Election Act require that employers give employees time off if they would otherwise not have time to vote. In most jurisdictions, employees must have 3 consecutive hours away from work while the polls are open. Exceptions: 2 hours in Nunavut; 1 hour in PEI; 4 hours in BC and Quebec. Note: These requirements could change. Be sure that your policy complies with current laws in your province or territory.


Sample policies

Voting Day Leave - YWCA Yellowknife (PDF - 28KB)

  • Provides time off consistent with the most generous guidelines from various Acts
  • Gives the employer the right to schedule this leave