Ethics Tip: Compensation Outside of Salary

The monthly Ethics Tip is provided by the SC Ethics Commission.

Public officials, public members or public employees may not solicit or receive money in addition to a salary for advice or assistance given in the course of their official capacity. The purpose of this is to prevent public servants from being paid twice for the same work. The SC Ethics Commission has advised that public employees cannot accept money from private corporations for services rendered in the ordinary scope of assigned responsibilities. For more information, refer to Section 8-13-720 of the Ethics Reform Act.​