Working with Former Clients and Employers
- Can I continue to work for current and former clients of my consulting business after I've accepted a job with the City?
Answer: Generally, yes, so long as you do not use City paid time or facilities to conduct your private business, and as long as your outside business does not overlap with your City responsibilities.
- I was hired to work on the contract that the City has with my former employer. I've heard that I cannot do that. Do I have to find another job?
Answer: Probably not, but the Code may require temporary modifications of your job. The Code prohibits you (or any Covered Individual) from participating on a City matter in which a person who has employed you or retained you or your firm, within the past 12 months, has a financial interest.
In 2009, amendments to the Code provided the possibility of a waiver of this provision. If your department head submits to the SEEC Executive Director a written determination that there is a compelling City need for you to participate in matters in which your former employer or client has a financial interest, with a written plan showing how management will safeguard the City's interests, and the Executive Director agrees that the plan is satisfactory, a waiver may be granted.
If the plan is not approved, or your department head determines that your assignment does not serve a compelling City need, you may need to work on different duties until 12 months has passed.
For assistance, contact the SEEC.
Last updated April 13, 2011.