It depends on your role with the City, as well as the type of second job.
City officers and employees
Executive Order 12-16 sets rules for outside and self-employment. These rules ensure that your second job does not interfere with your work for the City. The executive order:
- Prohibits you from working a second job while being paid for or doing City work.
- Forbids the use of City resources for outside or self-employment. City resources include vehicles, telephones, computers, office space, equipment, and supplies.
- Prohibits outside or self-employment while on City sick or disability time.
- Requires City executive department employees to get written approval for outside or self- employment from an appointing City authority.
- Allows departments to have their own, stricter rules on outside employment.
- Requires reporting of outside employment to the City’s Office of Human Resources and to the mayor.
For more information on the executive order, seek guidance from your HR manager or the Office of the Chief Integrity Officer.
You may not use sick or injury leave from the City to perform outside employment. If you become sick, injured, or disabled because of your outside employment, you may not receive paid sick leave or injury benefits from the City. You must also disclose the compensation from your outside job on all financial disclosure forms that you are required to file.
These are general rules. As noted above, your agency or department may have a more restrictive policy on outside employment. Before seeking or accepting outside employment, make sure that it does not violate any policy of your agency or department.
Civil service employees
In addition to the executive order, civil service regulations apply to you. These regulations allow outside employment, only if:
- The work is compatible with your official duties.
- The work won’t bring disfavor or disrespect to you, your department, or the City. The authority of your office, board, or commission makes this judgment.
- The work won’t interfere with or negatively affect the performance of your City work.
All City officials and employees, including elected officials and their staff
Should you get outside/self-employment, remember the following:
- Section 10-102 of the City Charter bans you from benefiting from or having direct or indirect interests in contracts with the City. This includes subcontracting and leasing a property to the City.
- Section 20-607 of the City Ethics Code and Sections 1102 and 1103(a) of the State Ethics Act forbids you from having a personal or family financial interest, or having a financial interest in a business or other entity, that has a financial interest in your business decisions for the City. If that is the case, you must disclose the interest and disqualify yourself from any official decision or action involving that interest.
- Section 20-602 of the City Ethics Code prohibits you from representing others in matters before the City. You cannot address and remedy this situation by disclosure and disqualification. It is a flat-out prohibition.
Section 20-609 of the City Ethics Code bans you—whether a paid or unpaid, full-time or part-time employee—from directly or indirectly disclosing or making available confidential information about property, government, or affairs of the City to advance your or another’s financial interests.