Financial Relationships in the Workplace

The Top 6 Things City Employees Need to Know about Relationships Between Superiors and Subordinates


1. City employees may not enter into a business or financial relationship with anyone who is their City superior or subordinate.

2. A superior is someone who has the power to affect the terms and conditions of a person’s employment. This includes the power to evaluate job performance, assign work, or approve leave requests.

3. A business or financial relationship includes any kind of loan, lease, sale of goods or services, outside employment arrangement, or joint purchase of property.

4. Superiors may not solicit charitable donations or sales from subordinates. However, coworkers of equal rank may solicit donations from each other and superiors may contribute up to $25 to a subordinate’s charitable activities.

5. Superiors and subordinates may jointly participate in and contribute to intra-office social events such as baby showers, holiday parties, and retirement parties. For such events, all contributions should be voluntary.

6. With some exceptions, superiors usually may not accept a gift from a City subordinate. For more information about gifts, see the Gifts FAQ.


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