III. Conflict of Interest

The Conflict of Interest Law regulates the conduct of all state, county and municipal employees and volunteers, whether paid or unpaid, full or part-time, intermittent or temporary. General Law Chapter 268A governs what public officials and employees may do on the job, what they may do after hours, or on the side, and what they may do after they leave public service. For additional information, contact Human Resources or the State Ethics Commission at 1-617-727-0060.

All employees of the College are subject to the Massachusetts Ethics Law (Chapter 268A). Under that Law, there exists the potential of a conflict of interest if the employee is performing additional compensated duties such as teaching DCE classes during normal working hours. To ensure that there are no violations of the Ethics Law and to avoid disruptions to the operations of the College, effective Fall 2009, all non-faculty will no longer be authorized to teach DCE classes during the normal working hours of their full-time positions. The College will no longer adjust schedules to accommodate an employee to teach DCE classes during what would be normal working hours.

The above will not prevent any employee who is qualified and otherwise eligible pursuant to the DCE collective bargaining agreement from teaching DCE classes that are outside of normal working hours (e.g. in most cases evenings and weekends).

On September 29, 2009, the State Ethics Statute was amended to impose on all state agencies, and on all employees (paid and unpaid) of the college, affirmative obligations that are designed to ensure that no state employee is ignorant of any statutory requirement pertaining to ethical standards or conflicts of interest.

Summary of Conflict of Interest Law
Each year between September 15 and December 15 the College will distribute electronically to all employees a summary description of the Law. Every employee must acknowledge receipt of the summary electronically.

Mandatory Education and Training Requirement
Every employee must complete the online training program that is posted on the State Ethics Commission's website. Every employee must then provide to the College a certificate of completion of the training. This certificate is generated at the end of the online program and placed in the employee's personnel file.

The summary of the law and the mandatory training may be accessed at the Mass State Ethics Commission website.

Campaign Finance Law

Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 55, the Campaign Finance Law, regulates activity by public employees and the use of the public buildings and resources in campaigns. Public employees who take part in political campaigns and the candidates and committees they support should be aware of section 13 and section 14 of this law. For additional information, please contact Human Resources or the Campaign and Political Finance Office at 1-617-727-8352.
Financial Disclosure
The Financial Disclosure Law, G.L.c. 268B, requires certain individuals, officials and candidates for elected office to file statements of financial interests, or a S.F.I., with the Ethics Commission.


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