Conflict of Interest Law and Education Requirements

Ethics Requirements for all Municipal Employees

Conflict of Interest Summary
and Online Municipal Training

Mandatory educational requirements
under the Ethics Reform Bill

On July 1, 2009 Governor Patrick signed into law Chapter 28 of the Acts of 2009 (the “Bill”) making changes to the State’s Conflict of Interest Law and the State Ethics Commission’s enabling act.  On September 29, 2009 portions of the Bill that relate to the conflict of interest law went into effect.

Summary of the Conflict of Interest Law for Municipal Employees

  1. Annually, each municipal employee must be provided with a copy of the Summary of the Conflict of Interest Law for Municipal Employees.  Employers must distribute the summaries to all current employees each year by the end of December.  Click here to see a copy of the Summary of the Conflict of Interest Law for Municipal Employees.
  2. In addition, every Municipal Employee is required to sign a written acknowledgement that he/she has been provided with a copy of the Summary of the Conflict of Interest Law for Municipal Employees, and the signed Acknowledgement of Receipt must be filed with the Town Clerk.  Click here for the Acknowledgement of Receipt Form.
  3. Municipal employees must complete the Acknowledgement of Receipt and return it within ten (10) business days to either: the individual who provided them with a copy of the Summary OR the Town Clerk.

Online Training Program

  1. The “Bill” also adds a new Section to the Conflict of Interest Law, which provides that every municipal employee shall, within 30 days after becoming such employee, and every 2 years thereafter, complete the online training program.  After completing the online training program for the first time, new employees should next complete the program along with all other agency or municipal employees, even if that compliance period occurs prior to the two year anniversary from their last online training completion date, so that agencies and municipalities have all employees comply within the same limited time frame without employees exceeding the two year statutory requirement before they next complete the online training program.
  2. For the online training program, go to 
  3. After you complete the Online Training Program:
    1. Print out the State Ethics Commission Receipt
    2. Keep a copy for yourself
    3. Provide a copy to the Town Clerk’s Office

Please note: Whether elected or appointed, paid or unpaid, part-time of full-time, you are a Municipal Employee subject to the Conflict of Interest Law.

Important notice for multiple users of one computer – When multiple users attempt to complete the current training using the same computer they may experience a problem accessing the beginning of the program.  The user will need to open their internet browser, click on “Tools”, then “Internet Options”, select “Delete Cookies”, and then click “Ok”.  The user will be able to click back on the Online Training module on the Commissions website and start at the beginning.