How does Kansas law ensure that employers provide time for their employees to vote?
Employees are allowed up to two hours paid time off to vote if the polls are not open outside an employee’s work shift. If the polls are open before or after an employee’s work shift for less than two consecutive hours, then the employee is only entitled to an amount of time off that, when added to the time that the polls are open before or after work, totals two consecutive hours.
The employer can specify the time it gives an employee. However, such time can not include any regular meal breaks. (Kan. Stat. Ann. Section 25-418). According to the statute, obstruction of voting privilege is (a) intentionally obstructing an employee in his or her exercise of voting privilege or (b) imposing a penalty upon an employee exercising his or her voting privilege under this section. Obstruction of voting privilege is a class A misdemeanor.