Academic journal article Journal of Power and Ethics

DAJA-SC, Information Paper, Subject: Gifts between Employees (15 April 1998)

Academic journal article Journal of Power and Ethics

DAJA-SC, Information Paper, Subject: Gifts between Employees (15 April 1998)

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INFORMATION PAPER

DAJA-SC
15 April 1998

SUBJECT: Gifts Between Employees

1. PURPOSE: To summarize the Standards of Ethical Conduct and Joint Ethics Regulation rules concerning gifts between employees.

2. FACTS:

a. General Rule. (5 C.F.R. [section] 2635.300 et seq) Employees may not:

(1) give, or solicit contributions for, gifts to someone in their subordinate-official superior chain;

(2) accept gifts from employees who receive less pay, unless there is no subordinate-official superior relationship and there is a personal relationship justifying a gift.

b. Exceptions:

(1) On an occasional basis gifts may be given when:

(a) $10 or less per occasion (e.g. a birthday gift or a souvenir gift upon return from a vacation) (no cash).

(b) Refreshments shared in the office.

(c) Personal hospitality at an employee's home.

(d) Customary gifts given in connection with the receipt of hospitality.

(2) On special, infrequent occasions, subordinates may give a gift to a superior "appropriate to the occasion."

(a) Infrequently occurring occasions of personal significance such as marriage, illness, or birth of a child (does not include a promotion unless the employee is also being transferred out of the chain of command). …

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