Tag: Hatch Act

Federal Workers Grapple with Political Neutrality

on February 22, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
The Office of Special Counsel has been inundated with queries from federal employees who wonder what they can and can't say under the Hatch Act as they get acclimated to working for a new administration.

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Trump in 2020? OSC Releases Hatch Act Guidance

By on February 9, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Trump in 2020? OSC Releases Hatch Act Guidance

The Office of Special Counsel has received numerous questions from federal employees about a possible candidate Trump in the 2020 election. The agency has provided a memo with Hatch Act guidance in the interim.

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Did FBI Director James Comey Violate the Hatch Act?

By on October 31, 2016 in Current Events with 0 Comments
Did FBI Director James Comey Violate the Hatch Act?

Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) sent a letter to FBI Director James Comey in which he told him he may have violated the Hatch Act by revealing his agency’s investigation days before the election of additional emails related to Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

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Postal Worker Told to Remove ‘Make America Great Again’ Sign

on September 20, 2016 in Current Events with 11 Comments
A sign that said “Make America Great Again”—the slogan for Republican Donald Trump’s campaign for president—has been removed from a post office in Colorado after the U.S. Office of Special Counsel contacted the facility’s postmaster and said the employee was violating the Hatch Act.

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Deciphering Hatch Act Rules

on August 16, 2016 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
These rules are essential to know in order to avoid the negative consequences of Hatch Act violations.

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House Committee Wants to Know What Agencies Are Doing to Comply with Hatch Act Travel Restrictions

By on July 26, 2016 in Current Events with 1 Comment

It’s an election year, so agencies and their employees have to make sure not to run afoul of the Hatch Act. A House Committee is seeking information from Executive branch agencies on how they ensure they stay within the law’s travel restrictions.

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AFGE Endorses Clinton for President

By on December 10, 2015 in Current Events with 84 Comments
AFGE Endorses Clinton for President

The American Federation of Government Employees has announced that it is endorsing Hillary Clinton for president in 2016.

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Know Your Limitations on Social Media

By on December 7, 2015 in Human Resources with 2 Comments
Know Your Limitations on Social Media

How can you avoid violating the Hatch Act while you are on the clock? The authors spell out what new guidance from the Office of Special Counsel says about proper use of social media for federal employees while they are at work.

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Don’t Let the Hatch Act Destroy Your Federal Career

By on November 16, 2015 in Human Resources with 90 Comments
Don’t Let the Hatch Act Destroy Your Federal Career

The Office of Special Counsel recently issued new Hatch Act guidelines for federal employees pertaining to social media. If you are unfamiliar with the Hatch Act, it would be worth your time to become acquainted with this law. This article provides a brief overview of the new guidelines and a brief summary of why the Hatch Act was passed.

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Can a Federal Employee Be Fired for Tweeting About a Political Candidate?

By on November 13, 2015 in Human Resources with 152 Comments
Can a Federal Employee Be Fired for Tweeting About a Political Candidate?

The Office of Special Counsel has released a list of frequently asked questions about the Hatch Act and social media use for federal workers in light of the upcoming election year.

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