Information on Specific Ethics Topics
Accepting Gifts and Entertainment:
Helpful information regarding what public servants may or may not accept.
Explains how the law applies when a public official or employee is attending a conference.
Guidance on what can and cannot be accepted as gifts and entertainment.
Explains how the Law applies when a public official or employee is searching for a new job or outside employment.
Restrictions for those serving on public boards and commissions.
Matters Affecting Property:
Information for officials serving a public agency that is considering a matter that affects property in which the official has an interest.
How the Law applies when an official serves a public agency that is considering a matter involving the property of her family member.
The most common questions about nepotism addressed in user-friendly language.
A review of the prohibitions of hiring family members into public service.
A bulletin issued to server a reminder about summer jobs and restrictions on nepotism.
What you need to know when leaving a public job or position.
This worksheet was created to assist public officials and employees to make a smooth transition to new jobs.
Restrictions regarding public officials and employees using a public position to secure public contracts for outside business associates.
Restrictions for local public officials who wish to sell goods or services to the agency she serves
Restrictions for state officials or employees who wish to sell goods or services to a state agency.
How the law applies when a public official’s agency is considering a regulatory matter in which the public official has an interest.
Serving in Multiple Public Positions:
Explains the Law as it applies to any person who wants to hold more than one public position at the same time.
About the Ethics Commission:
An overview of the Ethics Commission’s authority and information on other agencies available for assistance.
Why the Ethics Commission cannot legally answer some questions regarding its investigations.
Details who is required to file a disclosure statement, what must be disclosed on the forms, and filing deadlines.
A brief overview of the purpose and value of the Ohio Ethics Law.
This Overview of the Ohio Ethics Law is a helpful accompaniment to the law itself and explains and describes the law in layperson easy-to-understand terms. The document also contains examples and links to fact sheets and advisory opinions that makes the Ethics Law understandable and relatable.
Ethics Law Outlines:
A brief outline of the major provisions of the Ohio Ethics Law.
A more extensive outline of the entire Ethics Law.
Information for State Board and Commission Members:
Helpful guidance for those serving on public boards and commissions.
This handout contains general information about the Ohio Ethics Law and related statutes (Chapter 102. and Sections 2921.42, 2921.421, and 2921.43) as they apply to individuals serving as state board and commission members. To assist you, this handout outlines, in general terms, your responsibilities under the Ethics Law and related statutes.
Private Sector and Public-Private Partnerships:
Quick overview on the Ethics Law as it pertains to the private sector.
Discusses interactions between public agencies and private businesses or organizations.
Guidance for private sector entities that are regulated or do business with governmental offices.
Specific Public Servants or Public Agencies:
General information regarding existing and newly created Ethics Law restrictions that apply to the public officials charged with overseeing the casino industry.
Explains the Law as it applies to investment advisors and others doing business with retirement systems.
Provides a general overview of the Ethics Law for officials and employees in new and existing Cuyahoga County agencies.
An outline of the Ethics Law for those serving on public college and university boards of trustees.
Model Ethics Policies
Model ethics policies for state and local governments which have been endorsed by the Ohio Ethics Commission. The Commission encourages its use and distribution by state agencies and local jurisdictions as an excellent means of communicating the general terms of the conflict of interest and related provisions of the Ethics Law.
Please note that, although the model policies communicate the general terms of the Law, they do not replace or substitute the statutory provisions, which control the conduct of all public officials and employees within the state of Ohio. Therefore, we recommend the appropriate policy be distributed along with a copy of the Law, should a jurisdiction or agency choose to use it. (Revised Code Section 102.09(D) requires that each public agency provide a copy of the Ethics Law to each public official or employee serving the agency within 15 days of hire, election, or appointment. Each official or employee must acknowledge, in writing, that he or she has received it.) A copy of the Ethics Law can be obtained by contacting us.
Please contact our office if you have questions relating to the model policies.