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RULE §276.7Agency's Ethics Statement and Employee Requirements

(a) All OIEC employees have an obligation to maintain high ethical standards in the performance of their work responsibilities and in their personal life, realizing that lapses in ethical judgment will reflect negatively on OIEC. OIEC employees must seek to enhance and implement ethical values based on established principals of sound reasoning and the highest standards of business conduct.

(b) An OIEC employee shall not:

  (1) accept or solicit any gift, favor, or service that might reasonably tend to influence the employee or the employee knows or should reasonably know is being offered with the intent to influence the employee's official action or conduct;

  (2) accept other employment or engage in a business or professional activity that the employee might reasonably expect would require or cause the employee to disclose confidential information acquired by reason of his or her position with OIEC;

  (3) accept other employment or compensation that could reasonably be expected to impair the employee's independent judgment in the performance of the employee's official duties;

  (4) make personal investments that could reasonably be expected to create a substantial conflict between the employee's private interest and the public interest;

  (5) intentionally or knowingly solicit, accept, or agree to accept any benefit for having exercised the employee's official powers or employee's official duties in a particular manner;

  (6) access information related to an employee's injury and workers' compensation claim that OIEC is not otherwise entitled to access under the Texas Workers' Compensation Act or any other laws of this State; or

  (7) disclose any information made confidential by the Texas Workers' Compensation Act or any laws of this State.

(c) Any employee's failure to comply with the agency's ethics policies shall be immediately reported in writing to agency's Ethics Officer for appropriate action to be taken.

Source Note: The provisions of this §276.7 adopted to be effective September 11, 2011, 36 TexReg 5922

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