Twitter will give its US employees the day off to vote on Election Day starting this year, the company announced in an internal email to all staff on Tuesday.
Moving forward, all national election voting days will be paid days off, the company said in the staff email, a copy of which was provided to CNN Business. However, teams responsible for work related to elections, including the security of Twitter’s services, will continue to work on those days.
Employees around the world will also get paid time off to vote in their respective national elections, the company said.
“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 company said in the email.
This policy change will also apply to its contract workers. A Twitter (TWTR) spokesperson said it would also let its third-party partners know of its closures so that they can plan a similar day or other work for their teams.
Previously, Twitter gave its employees up to two hours of paid time off to vote.
Earlier this month, Twitter made Juneteenth a paid holiday. The June 19 holiday commemorates the end of slavery in the US, and a growing number of companies also gave employees the day off this year for the first time.
Amid the global pandemic, Twitter also announced in May it would allow some employees to work from home “forever.”