File No. 34747

This rule was published in the May 15, 2011, issue (Vol. 2011, No. 10) of the Utah State Bulletin.

Human Resource Management, Administration

Rule R477-9

Employee Conduct

Notice of Proposed Rule


DAR File No.: 34747
Filed: 04/28/2011 04:54:57 PM


Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

Section R477-9-7 is added to Rule R477-9 to address rising concerns related to employees' personal use of blogs and social media.

Summary of the rule or change:

Section R477-9-7 adds language to define limitations and parameters of blogging and social media as it relates to state business.

State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Section 63G-7-2
  • Section 67-19-6
  • Section 67-19-19

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

These changes are administrative and do not directly impact state budgets.

local governments:

This rule only affects the executive branch of state government and will have no impact on local government.

small businesses:

This rule only affects the executive branch of state government and will have no impact on small businesses.

persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:

This rule only affects the executive branch of state government and will have no impact on other persons. This rule does not directly impact cost or savings to state employees.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

This rule only affects agencies of the executive branch of state government.

Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:

Rules published by the Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) have no direct effect on businesses or any entity outside state government. DHRM has authority to write rules only to the extent allowed by the Utah Personnel Management Act, Title 67, Chapter 19. This act limits the provisions of career service and these rules to employees of the executive branch of state government. The only possible impact may be a very slight, indirect effect if an agency passes costs or savings on to business through fees. However, it is anticipated that the minimal costs associated with these changes will be absorbed by agency budgets and will have no effect on business.

Jeff Herring, Executive Director

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:

Human Resource Management
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84114-1201

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

  • J.J. Acker at the above address, by phone at 801-537-9096, by FAX at 801-538-3081, or by Internet E-mail at

Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:


Interested persons may attend a public hearing regarding this rule:

  • 05/24/2011 09:00 AM, Senate Building (East), 420 N State Street (Capitol Hill), Beehive Room, Salt Lake City, UT

This rule may become effective on:


Authorized by:

Jeff Herring, Executive Director


R477. Human Resource Management, Administration.

R477-9. Employee Conduct.

R477-9-7. Personal Blogs and Social Media Sites.

(1) An employee who participates in blogs and social networking sites for personal purposes may not:

(a) claim to represent the position of the State of Utah or an agency;

(b) post the seal of the State of Utah, or trademark or logo of an agency;

(c) post protected or confidential information, including copyrighted information, confidential information received from agency customers, or agency issued documents without permission from the agency head; or

(d) unlawfully discriminate against, harass or otherwise threaten a state employee or a person doing business with the State of Utah.

(2) An agency may establish policy to supplement this section.

(3) An employee may be disciplined according to R477-11 for violations of this section or agency policy.


R477-9-[7]8. Policy Exceptions.

The Executive Director, DHRM, may authorize exceptions to this rule, consistent with Subsection R477-2-2(1).


KEY: conflict of interest, government ethics, Hatch Act, personnel management

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [July 1, 2010]2011

Notice of Continuation: June 9, 2007

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 63G-7-2; 67-19-6; 67-19-19


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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact J.J. Acker at the above address, by phone at 801-537-9096, by FAX at 801-538-3081, or by Internet E-mail at