Michigan Political Activity: What you need to know

Under Michigan law, an employer may not, either directly or indirectly, discharge or threaten to discharge an employee for the purpose of influencing the employee's vote at an election (MI Comp. Laws Sec. 168.931).
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An employee of the state classified civil service or of a political subdivision of the state has the right, on nonworking time, to:
• Become a member of a political party committee.
• Serve as a delegate to a convention.
• Become a candidate for elective office.
• Engage in political activities on behalf of a candidate or issue in connection with partisan or nonpartisan elections.
Note: If the person becomes a candidate for elective office in the executive or legislative branches of the state or for the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals, the person must request and be granted a leave of absence without pay when he or she complies with the candidacy filing requirements, or 60 days before any election relating to that position, whichever date is closer to the election.
Public employers and employees may not coerce, attempt to coerce, or command another public employee to give or contribute anything of value to a party, committee, organization, agency, or person for the benefit of a candidate or incumbent, or for the purpose of influencing an election issue (MI Comp. Laws Sec. 15.401 et seq.).
Last reviewed on September 11, 2017.

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