Conflict of Interest and Financial Disclosure Laws

The Conflict of Interest Law, Chapter 268A of the Massachusetts General Laws requires that state, county and municipal employees give undivided loyalty to the state and act in the public interest rather than for private gain. The purpose of the law, enforced by the Ethics  Comission, is to ensure that public employees' financial interests and personal relationships do not conflict with their public obligations. The law governs what you may do on the job, what you may do after hours or "on the side", and what you may do after you leave public service.

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. Employees hired after December 15, 2010 should be provided with the summary within 30 days after the date on which they commence employments, and on an annual basis thereafter. Every municipal employee is required to sign a written acknowledgement that he/she has been provided with the summary.

Online Training Program

Every two years, all employees must complete online training. New public employees must complete this training within 30 days of beginning public service, and every two years thereafter. Upon completion of the program, employees should print out the completion certificate and keep a copy for themselves and provide a copy of the certificate to the Town Clerk.

Click here for a copy of the Education and Training Requirements Summary.