Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.
I have been a federal employee for 7 years. I have a part time job that I have held since before I came to the government. I started with a new agency this week and I was told that I needed to get permission from the ethics office to continue my part time position. I was also told that the review would take 6 weeks and until the review was completed, I could not work my part time job. Can they make me do that?
Yes. Your agency can request you to abstain from outside employment until your ethics office determines there is no conflict. Six weeks does seem like a long time to complete this review.
Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.
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