We hope you are all keeping safe and healthy, and finding some socially-distant ways to enjoy this summer.
Wins for the Union
At the urging of the Union, Peace Corps General Counsel recently sent out guidance for employees regarding your rights as a federal employee to participate in the ongoing protests for racial justice in America. That guidance has been attached here for your reference. In short – yes, you are able to participate in peaceful protests outside of work. You also have the right to respectfully discuss these issues at work.
Note the following comments from General Counsel:
The current protests do not, in and of themselves, amount to partisan political activity as defined by the Hatch Act. Peace Corps employees are permitted to engage in peaceful demonstrations while off duty, away from the Federal workplace, and without attribution to the Peace Corps. Employees may also engage in respectful, non-partisan conversations about the substance of the protests while on duty so long as those conversations are respectful and do not include statements directed at the success or failure of a candidate, political party or partisan political group.
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