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(2008-2009 HR#7, PDADC#15) Federal Election 2008 – Staff & Faculty

Date:
September 29, 2008
To:
PDAD&C; Professional and Managerial Staff
From:
Christina Sass-Kortsak, Assistant Vice-President, Human Resources
Re:
Federal Election 2008 – Staff & Faculty

Please ensure throughout your division that all employees whose normal work schedule would not allow them the three consecutive hours as outlined below are excused from work at an appropriate time in order to comply with the Act. In the forthcoming Federal Election on Tuesday, October 14, 2008, voting hours will run from 9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. For the majority of employees whose normal work day ends at 5:00 p.m., no time off is required.

Under Section 132 of the Canada Elections Act:

“(1) Every employee who is an elector is entitled, during voting hours on polling day, to have three consecutive hours for the purpose of casting his or her vote and, if his or her hours of work do not allow for those three consecutive hours, his or her employer shall allow the time for voting that is necessary to provide those three consecutive hours.

(2) The time that the employer shall allow for voting under subsection (1) is at the convenience of the employer.”

Under Section 133, subsection (1) of the Act, “No employer may make a deduction from the pay of an employee, or impose a penalty, for the time that the employer shall allow for voting under subsection 132(1).”