– Code of Conduct and Ethics Administrative Guidelines –
Many organizations rely heavily on volunteers and while the Government does not wish to discourage its employees from participating in volunteer activities, the restrictions of the Code regarding Outside Employment apply. Volunteer union activity on the part of an employee is exempt from the first of these restrictions as by its very nature such activity may involve the representation of divergent interests.
Employees are not prohibited from using their skills and expertise in volunteer organizations, however, there should be no advantage gained by the volunteer organizations as a direct result of the public role which the employee holds.
Employees should be mindful of their public role when they are involved with a volunteer organization which is lobbying the government. Depending on their public role, it may be a conflict if they publicly advance views contrary to government policy.
It is critical that employees disclose their involvement in these organizations where a conflict may arise.
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