Social media in election season


Debra Roth, Managing Partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth P.C., recently wrote the article "Social media in election season" for the March edition of Federal Times. Read an exceprt of article below, or visit the "Ask the Lawyer" blog on the Federal Times website to read the full piece.


The 2016 United States Presidential election season is upon us. As a federal executive branch employee, it’s important to be extremely careful when using social media to engage with, talk about, or otherwise post about the remaining presidential candidates.

The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from engaging in “political activity” while on duty. Duty status, of course, include telecommuting and other pay statuses other than paid leave. It also prohibits federal employees from engaging in political activity in the workplace. In November, the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) revised its previously issued guidance regarding social media activity to account for the changing social media landscape, directly addressing social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

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