The conflict of interest law, M.G.L. Chapter 268A, seeks to prevent conflicts between private interests and public duties, foster integrity in public service, and promote the public’s trust and confidence in that service by placing restrictions on what municipal employees may do on the job, after hours, and after leaving public service.
In compliance with Section 27 of the law, every state, county and municipal employee shall, within 30 days of becoming such an employee, and on an annual basis thereafter, review the summary of this chapter prepared by the State Ethics Commission and sign the acknowledgment at the end of the summary to be returned to the City Clerk.
In addition, all employees must complete the e-learning course provided by the State Ethics Commission. Municipal employees are required to take the course every other year for the duration of their employment. It provides an overview of the state conflict of interest law and the various issues you might encounter as a public employee. Recognizing and properly responding to a conflict of interest is a key element to maintaining the public’s confidence in government and in the integrity of the work we do as public employees. If, after taking this course, you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the State Ethics Commission.