R477-9-4 - Political Activity

R477-9-4. Political Activity

A state employee may voluntarily participate in political activity, except as restricted by this section or the Hatch Act of 1939, 5 U.S.C. 1501 et seq.

(1) As modified by Section 1502(a)(3), Hatch Modernization Act of 2012, a state employee whose salary is 100% funded by federal loans or grants may be restricted in political activity.

(a) State employees in positions covered by the Hatch Act may run for public office in non-partisan elections, campaign for and hold office in political clubs and organizations, actively campaign for candidates for public office in partisan and non-partisan elections, contribute money to political organizations, and attend political fundraising functions.

(b) State employees in positions covered by the federal Hatch Act may not be candidates for public office in a partisan election, use official authority or influence to interfere with or affect the results of an election or nomination, or directly or indirectly coerce contributions from subordinates in support of a political party or candidate.

(2) Prior to filing for candidacy, a state employee who is considering running for a partisan office shall submit a statement of intent to become a candidate to the agency head.

(a) The agency head shall consult with DHRM.

(b) DHRM shall determine whether the employee's intent to become a candidate is covered under the Hatch Act.

(c) Employees in violation of Subsection R477-9-4(1)(b) may be disciplined up to dismissal.

(3) If a determination is made that the employee's position is covered by the Hatch Act, the employee may not run for a partisan political office.

(4) If it is determined that the employee's position is covered by the Hatch Act, the state shall dismiss the employee if the employee files for candidacy.

(5) Any career service employee elected to any partisan or full-time non-partisan political office shall be granted a leave of absence without pay for times when monetary compensation is received for service in political office.

(6) During work time, no employee may engage in any political activity. No person shall solicit political contributions from employees of the executive branch during hours of employment. However, a state employee may voluntarily contribute to any party or any candidate.

(7) This rule incorporates by reference the Governor's Amended Executive Order of August 4, 2018, regarding communications with legislators by state employees.

(8) Decisions regarding employment, promotion, demotion, dismissal, or any other human resource actions may not be based on partisan political activity.

(Amended by Utah State Bulletin Number 2018-14, effective 7/1/2018 Amended by Utah State Bulletin Number 2019-14, effective 7/1/2019 Amended by Utah State Bulletin Number 2020-13, effective 7/1/2020)

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