The Ethics in Government Act of 1987, as amended, imposes a financial disclosure requirement on any state employee serving in a job title with an annual salary exceeding $88,256 (the filing threshold effective April 1, 2010). The required statutory form is available in electronic (e-file) format and as a downloadable PDF. Financial disclosure statements are filed directly with the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics.
For academic employees serving in a job title with an annual salary exceeding $88,256:
The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics regulations set limits on the amount of honoraria state employees and officers can receive (NYCRR Part 930). The commission defines an honorarium as “a speaking fee or compensation received from writing an article, or reimbursement for travel expenses not related to official duties.” The key is that the service for which an honorarium is received is not job-related.
The college is required annually to report honoraria received by its employees; the next report will cover the period of April 1, 2012, to March 31, 2013. If you have received honoraria of any amount during this time period, you must complete a “Report of Honoraria” form listing the sources and amount of honoraria received. The form is available on the commission’s website at www.jcope.ny.gov/forms/ethics.html.
If an honorarium received is more than $1,000, it must be reported on Question 13 of the financial disclosure statement.
In the spring semester, the Office of Human Resources will send a campus email reminder with further instructions, including the date these forms are due. It will compile the responses on these forms and send one report for Purchase College.
If you have any questions, you can visit the commission’s website at www.jcope.ny.gov or call the commission at (518) 408-3976.
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