STATE POLICY ON EMPLOYEE COMMUNICATION TO EXTERNAL GROUPS
The State of Delaware supports the right of employees to communicate their views to the General Assembly
and other public boards and entities. When State employees attend and participate in hearings or public
meetings as private citizens, meaning other than as a representative of their employing State agency or
the Administration, the following guidelines shall apply:
- Employees shall attend on their personal time. For hearings or meetings occurring during employees' scheduled
work times, they may request approval of Annual Leave Accrued Compensatory Time or Leave Without Pay
in the same manner as any leave request is made. All leave requests are subject to approval, which
shall not be unreasonably denied.
- Employees attending public hearings or meetings in their private capacity as citizens shall not suggest
or imply in any way that they are acting in an official capacity. Where the circumstances of an employee's
appearance, testimony and/or remarks could create the impression that an employee is acting in other
than a private capacity, the employee should clearly articulate to members of the General Assembly,
other public officials and citizens, and the media, that the employee is attending/speaking as a citizen
in the employee's private capacity, and that the employee is neither representing the State or any
agency nor do the employee's views necessarily represent the position of the State or any agency.
- If employees are in doubt as to whether their actions would constitute a potential conflict of interest
or whether their advocacy conduct would trigger registration as a lobbyist, they are encouraged to
consult the State's Public Integrity Commission.
- Failure to comply with this policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.
- Employees shall not use State of Delaware letterhead, electronic mail, equipment or other State supplies
to communicate their personal views concerning non-work related matters.
- No provision of this policy is intended to create any individual right or legal cause of action that
does not already exist under state or federal law.