Christopher P. Maugans Quoted in "All Workers in New York State Now Allowed Time Off to Vote," Buffalo Business First/Buffalo Law Journal
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Christopher P. Maugans Quoted in "All Workers in New York State Now Allowed Time Off to Vote," Buffalo Business First/Buffalo Law Journal

October 22, 2019

Christopher P. Maugans, an associate in the firm’s Employment and Labor and Commercial Litigation and Arbitration groups, was quoted in an article for Buffalo Business First and Buffalo Law Journal discussing New York State’s new requirement for employers to allow employees to take up to three hours of paid time off to vote.

In “All Workers in New York State Now Allowed Time Off to Vote,” Chris talks about how it could pose problems if employees are asking for time off before an election and questioned whether it’s worth the time and effort for employees to establish a system of checks and balances to ensure workers who request time off are voting. He also noted that employers with concerns should have a conversation with employees sooner rather than later for upcoming elections.

“We have had employers ask us if they can request signed, written affidavits from employees,” Chris said. “Our advice is more practicality than reality. That sounds like more work than it would be worth.”

Read the full article here:

All Workers in New York State Now Allowed Time Off to Vote,” Buffalo Business First/Buffalo Law Journal, October 19, 2019

More about Goldberg Segalla’s Christopher P. Maugans

With a focus on serving both public- and private-sector clients, Chris handles matters involving discrimination claims, improper-practice charges, employee grievance arbitrations, General Municipal Law 207-c proceedings, and New York Education Law 3020-a hearings, as well as proceedings under Article 75 and Article 78 of the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules (CPLR). Chris helps clients prepare for and navigate trials, mediations, arbitrations, and hearings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR). He regularly counsels clients and litigates the enforceability of restrictive covenants in employment agreements, including non-competition and non-solicitation provisions.