USPS: Hatch Act’s social media guidelines explained

1/10/2018 You’ve heard of the Hatch Act, but how much do you know about it?

If you’re unfamiliar with the law, here’s a quick primer — including do’s and don’ts when it comes to social media usage.

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The Hatch Act, a law that aims to keep politics out of federal workplaces, has special provisions for social media usage.

• First things first: The Hatch Act exists to protect you. The law, which dates to 1939, aims to keep politics out of federal workplaces.

Specifically, the Hatch Act establishes rules to prevent federal employees from using their positions to unduly influence elections. One of the law’s other main goals: to ensure that federal employees are advanced based on merit, not political affiliation.

Under the Hatch Act, employees are allowed to register to vote and support their favorite candidates by voting, but other activity — like promoting your political preferences in the workplace — is limited.

• The law has special provisions for social media. Here’s some stuff that may be new to you.

The Hatch Act permits federal employees to post campaign logos or images on social media, including their personal Facebook pages and Twitter feeds. Of course, USPS requires employees to use social media while off the clock and off federal or postal property.

The law also permits federal employees to comment on social media posts about politics, although they may not identify themselves as federal employees in their comments.

In other words: If you reply to a tweet about a political issue, you shouldn’t mention that you’re a Postal Service employee in your tweet.

• Be careful what images you post on social media. Here’s where things get a little tricky.

Under the Hatch Act, federal employees can’t use campaign images as social media profile photos. The reason: Because profile images are attached to everything a person “likes” or tweets, they are categorized as on-the-clock politicking — which is restricted under the Hatch Act.

• More information is available. Still have questions about the Hatch Act?

You’re in luck: You can learn more through the Hatch Act resources on Blue, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) FAQs site and the OSC Hatch Act site.

Employees can also contact their local field law office or send an email to ethics.help@usps.gov.

source: USPS News Link

3 thoughts on “USPS: Hatch Act’s social media guidelines explained

  1. I complained about the Obama t-shirts and paraphernalia in 2008. I was told that ” he’s one of their people.” As blatent a racist statement as I’ve eve heard. Also no Hatch Act compliance officer on site or available, another violation.

    Some MAGA hats the last time around but the current crop of idiots managing the place are too stupid to have known what it meant.

  2. lets see now……at our plant during obammy election cycle the useful idiots were allowed to wear shirts with the dnc propegander………when Trump was running against the Bengazi Butcher, no Trump T-shirts allowed. they tried to let them get away with the Shillary ones and not Trump……but we shut down the east deck and had to tell all the fanooks to turn them inside out……and so it goes in the land of the pc Bolshevik wantabes.

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