Volunteers perform hours of service for civic, charitable, or humanitarian reasons. Certain conditions must be met in order for volunteer status to be maintained.
- Volunteer services must be offered freely without pressure or coercion.
- Volunteer services may not involve performing the same type of services as those for which an individual is employed.
- Volunteer services must be offered without promise, expectation, or receipt of compensation.
- While nominal fees may be paid, they cannot be a substitute for employee compensation and cannot be linked to productivity.
SPA Employees (Subject to the State Personnel Act) may not
- Manage a campaign, campaign for political office, or engage in political activity while on duty or during any period of time that they receive compensation from the state
- Use the authority of position, state funds, supplies, or vehicles to support or oppose any candidate, party, or issue in an election for office or party nomination
- Institute, issue, or enforce any rule or policy that interferes with the right of state employees to engage in political activity on their own time
- Coerce a state employee to support or contribute to a political candidate or party by threatening employment termination or discipline or by promising preferential treatment
Employees in federally aided programs also are subject to the Federal Hatch Political Activity Act, as amended, 5 U.S.C. 1501-1508. Failure to comply with the Article is grounds for disciplinary action that, in case of deliberate or repeated violation, might include dismissal or removal from office.