Topic Specific E-learning Courses

In recognition that many questions arise regarding specific areas of the law, the Ethics Commission has created several short e-courses specific to these topics.

These short e-courses serve as a springboard to begin discussion and to enhance understanding of the Ethics Law in your agency. Due to their brevity and specificity, they would be especially appropriate for staff meetings. Of course, each one can also be individually viewed on-demand.

(State employees: Please note that these courses do not fulfill your annual ethics training requirement per Executive Order 2011-03K and do not provide proof of attendance. To attend an e-course that will fulfill that requirement, please click here).

Please click on a link below to access a course.

The “Conference Question”

Heading off to a work conference or seminar? Before you pack your bags, be aware of several restrictions under the Ohio Ethics Law regarding attendance at conferences. This e-course will answer some of the most commonly questions regarding conference issues, such as travel expenses, door prizes, and receptions.

The Ohio Ethics Law and Conflicts of Interest

What is a conflict of interest? Must they be avoided? How do I respond if I have a conflict? If you have ever asked yourself these questions, this is the course for you. This e-course will examine issues related to conflicts of interest in public service, provide real-life example, and offer guidance on responding to conflicts.

The Ohio Ethics Law and Gifts

Wondering if you can tee up with your agency’s vendor? Or accept the tin of cookies from someone in the regulated community? This brief e-course will explore the Conflict of Interest provision of the Ethics Law as it relates to gifts. A helpful course for anyone in the public sector as well as private sector entities who do business with or are regulated by a state or local governmental agency.

The Ohio Ethics Law and Job – Seeking Restrictions

If the next chapter of your career is calling, this e-course is for you. Under the Ohio Ethics Law, there are restrictions regarding job – hunting for public officials and employees. This course will address concerns regarding applying for jobs with regulated communities, conflicts of interest, and more!

The Ohio Ethics Law and Nepotism

Public agencies are required to conduct all hiring activity in a fair, open and impartial manner. Therefore, nepotism – hiring or influencing the hiring process in favor of a family member into a public service position – is illegal. Watch this brief e-course for more information.

The Ohio Ethics Law and New Elected Office Holders: What Should You Know?

You won the election? Congratulations! One of the most important things you can do as an elected – office holder is to earn and sustain the public’s trust. This e-course is a brief introduction to some of the provisions of the Ethics Law you’ll want to understand so that you are well – equipped to comply with the law.

The Ohio Ethics Law and Post-Employment

Thinking of a new career adventure? Public officials and employees who are leaving public service or moving from one public position to another are subject to job-seeking and post-employment provisions of the Ethics Law and related statutes. These laws help ensure that the public is fairly represented in all interactions with the public and private sectors. This brief e-course offers information on how to make a smooth transition to the next chapter of your life.

The Ohio Ethics Law and the Private Sector

A helpful synopsis of the Ohio Ethics Law, this 15 – minute e-course is specifically geared toward those in the private sector. The e-course outlines Ethics Law restrictions that are relevant to those who work with or are regulated by governmental entities.

The Ohio Ethics Law and Public Contracts

Simply put, a public contract is the expenditure of public money. Though public entities routinely spend money on routine goods and services, there are prohibitions against public officials and employees from having a financial interest in those expenditures. This e-course will explore the definition and examples of public interest and outline associated prohibitions.

The Ohio Ethics Law and Sales to Public Agencies

Public agencies routinely purchase goods or services to ensure the efficient operation of the agencies’ missions – that’s normal and expected. Is it acceptable, however, for public employees and public officials to sell those goods and services to their own, or in some cases, to other public agencies? This brief e-course outlines prohibitions in the Ethics Law regarding public servants and sales to public agencies.

The Ohio Ethics Law: Travel, Meals, and Lodging

This course focuses on questions regarding travel, meals, and lodging expenses as they pertain to public service. Some public officials’ and employees’ duties require that they travel, which can lead to transportation, lodging, and meal costs. This e-course will outline restrictions under the Ohio Ethics Law on this topic and address the most commonly asked questions regarding travel expenses.

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