Support of BLM Movement in Workplace Permitted- OSC

Recent (July 10 2020) Office of Special Counsel (OSC) guidance provides that federal employees may show support for the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement in the federal workspace without fear of committing a Hatch Act violation as the Hatch Act provides only limited restrictions on employee conduct related to nonpartisan advocacy or organizations.  The OSC officially determined BLM is largely an advocacy organization as well as nonpartisan.  Ironically, the TEA party movement seems to have paved the way for this determination.

Also of note is the seeming favorable language used to describe the BLM movement, which places the Office of Special Counsel at odds with the White House concerning the official government view of and reaction to BLM.

Read the OSC Opinion

OSC BLM Opinion

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