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What Every Business Should Know About California Public Integrity Law in Dealing with Government Entities

Webinar

Description

This webinar will cover two basic aspects of California public integrity laws that most often impact businesses that deal with government entities: Government Code §1090 and California’s Political Reform Act.

Government Code §1090 is California’s powerful and far reaching anti-conflict of interest statute which voids and makes criminal creating a contract in which a government officer or employee has a financial interest.

Meals, entertainment and other gifts often promote good will and networking opportunities in the private sector, but can be a violation of California’s Political Reform Act in the public sector. While lawful under many circumstances, there are gift limits, gift reporting requirements and conditions under which receiving a gift will give rise to a conflict of interest for a government official. Businesses need to know and be sensitive to these requirements and limitations.

Panelists will discuss:

Government Code §1090: When Government Officials Have a Conflict of Interest in Making a Contract, Business Pays the Price

  • What is §1090?
  • What is a “conflict” under the law?
  • How do businesses create “conflicts?”
  • What are the potential consequences of a §1090 violation on a business?

Political Reform Act — Gifts: Limitations, Restrictions and Other No-Nos

  • Disclosure, Disqualification and Limitation.
  • Who is affected by gift laws?
  • When are gifts received and how are gifts valued?
  • Exceptions: New rules for:
    • Business and personal relationships;
    • Payments made for conducting agency business;
    • Travel payments.
  • Use of agency reporting rules – best practices.

Panelists

  • Gary Schons, Of Counsel, Best Best & Krieger’s Public Policy & Ethics Group
  • Dianna Valdez, Paralegal, Best Best & Krieger’s Public Policy & Ethics Group

Presentation and Recording

The powerpoint presentation is available to download at right and video recording is below.

What Every Business Should Know About California Public Integrity Law in Dealing with Government Entities

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