Time off from work for voting

Every employee who is a voter in Saskatchewan is entitled, while the polling places are open for voting on polling day, to three consecutive hours for the purpose of casting his or her vote.

If the hours of employment do not allow for three consecutive hours, the employee’s employer shall allow the employee the additional time to vote that may be necessary to provide those three consecutive hours. The hours for voting mentioned must be granted at the convenience of the employer.

Employees who complete work at 5 p.m., for example, will have three consecutive hours for voting and are not entitled to time off as polls are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. An employer could, for example, provide an employee who works from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with three hours to vote by allowing them to leave work at 5 p.m.

No employer shall deduct any amounts from the pay of any employee or impose on or exact from the employee any penalty by reason of absence from work during the time required to be provided to the employee for voting.

No employer shall, directly or indirectly, refuse or intimidate, unduly influence or in any other way interfere with the granting to any of his or her employees of the three consecutive hours for voting or any additional time for voting.