As the 2020 General Election draws nearer, political tensions are heating up nearly everywhere across the U.S. Where they should not be heating up, however, is in the federal government itself – specifically among federal employees who might otherwise participate in partisan politics.
Such would be a violation of the Hatch Act, which aims to curtail political involvement among federal employees – especially at work. Violations are investigated and enforced by the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), which can levy disciplinary actions up to and including termination of employment.
Here are several tips for federal employees who want to steer clear of a Hatch Act violation:
- Don’t run for office in a partisan election
- Don’t engage in political speech at work
- Don’t fundraise for partisan candidates at work – even if you’re just referring people to where they can support candidates
- Don’t post political content on your social media accounts during work hours
- Don’t donate to a political campaign or cause during work hours
- Don’t wear campaign-related apparel or post partisan signage at your workspace
- Don’t use government resources such as your email address or Internet access at work to engage in partisan politics
- Never use your title or status as a federal employee with regard to your endorsement of a partisan candidate or cause
Failure to follow these guidelines can cost you your job with the federal government. If you have been notified that you are being investigated for a potential Hatch Act Violation, don’t hesitate to see legal assistance immediately.
At Pines Federal, we represent federal employees when they need help defending your rights. Perhaps those investigating an accusation against you don’t have the full picture. We may be able to help you counter a Hatch Act violation claim against you and build a legal strategy to secure the best possible outcome.
For more information about how we can help, contact Pines Federal online or call (800) 801-0598.