Twitter to Make Election Day a Paid Holiday for Employees

Employees at Twitter will have a paid day off to go vote on Election Day, the company announced on Tuesday.

"Given the importance of voting, going forward all national election voting days that take place on a weekday will be a paid day off. Since the US presidential election falls on a work day (November 3), we will plan to close all US offices on that day," the company wrote in an email to employees.

“For all other elections, if you do not have enough time outside of working hours to vote or your country doesn’t already have a process in place to address this, you should take the time you need to do so and you will be compensated for the time off," the email added.

However, the San Francisco-based company said employees who are responsible for election-related functions, such as security for its service, will still need to report to work. If employees don't have enough time to vote outside of working hours in their country, Twitter will compensate them for the time to vote.

The move by Twitter comes following the company's announcement that June 19, or Juneteenth, the day commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S., will become a paid holiday for employees moving forward.

Previously, Twitter allowed employees two hours of paid time off to vote, however, the company is now moving to honor the day as a holiday.

Other tech companies, such as Uber, have also announced that they would make election days around the world company holidays.

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