View video on political ethics by Nov. 1

Election season is in high gear with many offices, a school district funding question and a constitutional amendment on the ballot for the Nov. 8 general election. You have a right to engage in political activities on your own time, and it is important for public employees to know and follow the requirements for keeping political activity separate from the business of City government. Even just an appearance of impropriety during campaign season can shake the public’s trust in you and the City.

There are state and federal laws and City policies that restrict political activities in the workplace and the use of City resources for political activities. To help ensure that we all understand the rules and can serve the public in an ethical manner, the City Council passed a resolution requiring all City employees to take political ethics training by Nov. 1.

The City Attorney’s Office and City Clerk’s Office partnered with Communications to produce a short video outlining the do’s and don’ts you must follow as a public employee during election season. Watch the 10-minute video to fulfill the training requirement. COMET will track your participation, so your supervisor can follow up with you if you don’t complete the training by the deadline.

To access the required training:

  1. Log in to COMET-HR.
  2. Click on “Learning and Development.”
  3. Under “New Learning,” click “Political Ethics” or search for the keywords “political ethics” in the “Search for Learning” box.
  4. Click “Enroll” then “Submit Enrollment.”
  5. Click “Launch.”
  6.  Click “Launch” again. (If the video doesn’t begin, make sure your web browser allows pop ups.)
  7. Click the “Submit” button at the end of the video to record your participation in the training.

If you have questions about political activity as it relates to your role with the City, contact the City ethics officer at ethicsofficer@minneapolismn.gov.

Published Oct 18, 2016

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