Notice of Mandatory Conflict of Interest Law Requirements

Effective September 29, 2009


Changes to the Ethics/Conflict of Interest law require that every municipal employee receive a summary of the Conflict of Interest Law and acknowledge receipt of the same within 30 days of commencing work for the town and every year thereafter. The law also requires that every municipal employee complete an online training program every 2 years.

According to the Conflict of Interest Law, a municipal employee is defined as follows:
(g) "Municipal employee, " a person performing services for or holding an office, position, employment or membership in a municipal agency, whether by election, appointment, contract of hire or engagement, whether serving with or without compensation, on a full, regular, part-time, intermittent, or consultant basis, but excluding (l) elected members of a town meeting 2 members of a charter commission established under Article LXXXIX of the Amendments to the Constitution.
 Summary of the Conflict of Interest Law for Municipal Employees
By December 15, 2010, and on an annual basis thereafter, all current municipal employees must be provided with this summary of the conflict of interest law. Municipal employees hired after December 15, 2010, should be provided with the summary within 30 days of the date on which they commence employment, and on an annual basis thereafter. Every municipal employee is required to sign a written acknowledgment that (s)he has been provided with the summary.

Online Training Program for Municipal Employees
Every 2 years, all current state, county and municipal employees must complete online training. New public employees must complete this training within 30 days of beginning public service, and every 2 years thereafter. Upon completing the program, employees should print out the completion certificate and keep a copy for themselves. Employees will be required to provide a copy of the completion certificate to the Town or City Clerk (municipal employees), their employing agency (appointed state and county employees), or to the Ethics Commission (elected state and county employees).