Douglas County Personnel Rules

Douglas County Personnel Rule #15


15.1        Political or Religious Solicitation Prohibited.  No person holding any position in the County is under any obligation to contribute or render any service to any political, religious or charitable fund.  No person shall be removed, reduced in grade or salary or otherwise prejudiced for refusing to do so.  No person shall discharge, promote, demote or in any manner change the official rank, employment or compensation of any person subject to these rules or promise or threaten to do so for giving, withholding or neglecting to make any contribution of money or services or any other valuable thing to any political, charitable, religious, or other cause or fund.

15.2        Legal Prohibitions. All County employees are advised to acquaint themselves with provisions of the state laws and federal regulations which apply to public employees of local jurisdictions in Oregon.  Employees in departments whose salaries are paid from funds derived wholly or partially from federal funds may be subject to the Hatch Act.  The federal government is responsible for the determination of employees subject to the Act.

The law of the State of Oregon provides:  No public employee shall solicit any money, influence, service or other thing of value or otherwise promote any political committee or promote or oppose the nomination or election of a candidate, the gathering of signatures on an initiative, referendum or recall petition, the adoption of a measure or the recall of a public office holder while on the job during working hours. However, this section does not restrict the right of a public employee to express personal political views.

County employees may engage in political activity except to the extent prohibited by state law when on the job during working hours.

15.3       Disseminating Information.  Employee paychecks shall not be used as a method of distributing materials unless such materials pertain to the individual's rights or obligations as an employee or such other matters which are specifically related to his employment or County employee activities.  No such distribution shall occur without the express permission of the Board of Commissioners who will be responsible for insuring that the criteria are met and that such materials are unbiased in the presentation of the appropriate information.