“Public service” means just that – your job is to serve the public. Regardless of your job or office here – manual labor or a skilled trade, public health or public safety, clerical or professional – you work for the well-being of the City and the people who live, work and visit here. Your pay is funded by taxes and fees collected from the City’s citizens, businesses, and visitors.
The public (which includes you, too, in your nonwork hours) is entitled to have you perform your job with honesty and fairness. You give no person extra favors, and give no person any less service, because of a relationship you might have or because of someone’s political views.
You’re also the public face of City government. When you perform ethically and honestly, the public sees that City government operates ethically and honestly, and only in the public’s best interest.
To ensure this evenhandedness, State and City rules, including those described in Rules of the Road, govern your conduct. Generally, the rules cover the following situations:
You must know and follow the rules. (If you haven’t yet received ethics training from the independent Ethics Board, contact the Ethics Board at (215) 686-9450 or your supervisor.) You can also apply the “six o’clock news” test: would you want the news media to report your actions? If the answer is no, or even “I’m not sure,” then you should refrain from that course of action.
For Employees during the holiday season.
IntegrityWorks offers guidance for commonly-occurring situations. These are not the only situations in which ethics rules would apply; they are simply the most common ones. Other guidance may be added to this site as situations warrant.
These are general guidelines. Because each situation presents its own set of facts, this general guidance isn’t advice on which you can legally rely. If you want to be absolutely sure that your conduct complies with applicable ethics laws, you should seek advice before taking action.