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By Debra Roth

Q & A Session – Part Time Employment

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Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.

Q: 

I have been a federal employee for 7 years. I have a part time job that I have held since before I came to the government. I started with a new agency this week and I was told that I needed to get permission from the ethics office to continue my part time position. I was also told that the review would take 6 weeks and until the review was completed, I could not work my part time job. Can they make me do that? 

A: 

Yes. Your agency can request you to abstain from outside employment until your ethics office determines there is no conflict. Six weeks does seem like a long time to complete this review. 

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.

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