If a resident or client gives me a Christmas gift, am I able to accept it?

To answer this question, we must first understand the meaning of the term “gift." A gift includes almost anything of monetary value. Gifts can include, but are not limited to, merchandise, tickets, entertainment, hospitality, accommodation or other benefit. Keep in mind, some items are not considered gifts, such as soft drinks, coffee, donuts and other modest refreshments offered other than as part of a meal.

The city prohibits any employee from soliciting, accepting, or agreeing to accept any gift, gratuity, or benefit from any person, firm, corporation, partnership or association that transacts or solicits business of any type with the city. It is the responsibility of the employee who receives a gift/gratuity of any type in connection with his or her job with the city to report its receipt to his or her immediate supervisor as soon as possible.

When the value of the gift received exceeds $25, it must be approved by the city manager or department director. When practical, an employee should not accept the item until a report is made and approval to accept is obtained.

Gifts of a lesser value may be approved by the department director. A few exceptions to the policy include participation in widely attended luncheons sponsored by professional associations for the discussion of matters of interest to the city and acceptance of anything from a friend or relative unrelated to any employee duties or city business and based upon a personal or family relationship.

For more details concerning gifts, visit Inet and refer to the Gifts and Gratuities Policy. For more information about this or other City of Irving policies, contact Senior Employee Relations Advisor TeRena Colbert at tcolbert@cityofirving.org or call (972) 721-7704.

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