PROHIBITIONS AND PENALTIES
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