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15.01.08.00.htm 15.01.08.00. Title 15 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Subtitle 01 OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY Chapter 08 Conflicts of Interest Policy for Employees Who Own or Operate a Farm Authority: Agriculture Article §2-102(e) Annotated Code of Maryland
15.01.08.01.htm 15.01.08.01. 01 Scope.. The Department of Agriculture's State agriculture programs benefit from the specialized knowledge of employees who own or operate a farm. This chapter explains the Department's policy governing conflicts of interest relating to financial interest and secondary employment for employees who work for the Department and at the same time own or operate a farm that is subject to the Department's regulatory authority.
15.01.08.02.htm 15.01.08.02. 02 Required Employee Disclosure.. An individual who applies for employment, or who is employed by the Department, shall disclose whether that individual or employee owns, has an ownership interest in, or operates a farm.
15.01.08.03.htm 15.01.08.03. 03 Employment Participation Restrictions.. A Department employee may not participate, as a part of that employee's duties, in any of the following matters if that participation in any way affects the employee's farm, or a farm that directly competes for business with the employee's farm operation:A. Any contract with the Department;. B. Any regulatory or enforcement action;. C. Any Department program that controls, or in any way regulates the employee's farm operation; or.
15.01.08.04.htm 15.01.08.04. 04 Ethics Law Restrictions.. A. Any Department employee who owns or operates a farm is subject to all applicable provisions of the Ethics Law.B. For example, the Ethics Law, in part, prohibits employees from participating in matters in which the employee or a relative has a financial or other interest under State Government Article, §15-501, Annotated Code of Maryland.C. The Ethics Law contains restrictions on:.
15.01.08.05.htm 15.01.08.05. 05 Department Responsibilities.. The Department is responsible for:. A. Making each employee aware of the requirements of this chapter;. B. Ensuring that each employee who has an outside farm business acknowledges that the employee has read and agrees to be bound by the requirements of this chapter;C. Ensuring that each employee subject to this chapter has executed a nonparticipation agreement with the Department that requires the employee to designate a representative t
15.01.08.06.htm 15.01.08.06. 06 Noncompliance.. An employee who violates this chapter is subject to disciplinary action, including termination from State service.
15.01.08.07.htm 15.01.08.07. 07 Reports to the Ethics Commission.. The Department shall provide copies of applicable nonparticipating agreements, and provide annual reports to the State Ethics Commission on the number of employees hired by the Department during any year who own or operate a farm that is subject to the Department's regulatory authority.
15.01.08.08.htm 15.01.08.08. 08 Report to the General Assembly.. On or before December 31, 2010, the Department of Agriculture and the State Ethics Commission shall jointly prepare and submit a report to the General Assembly, in accordance with State Government Article, §2-1246, Annotated Code of Maryland that includes:A. The number of employees hired by the Department, on or after October 1, 2007, who own or operate a farm;B. The positions for which the employees identified in this regulation were hired; and.
15.01.08.9999.htm 15.01.08.9999. Administrative History Effective date: March 8, 2010 (37:5 Md. R. 428).
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