HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board unanimously voted to revise the employee Code of Conduct to conform to Governor Tom Wolf's recently signed executive order banning gifts.
"The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board already had one of the most restrictive codes of conduct in Pennsylvania state government but these modifications make it even stronger," said PLCB Chairman Joseph E. Brion. "We firmly support the Governor's actions and felt it important to voluntarily update our Code of Conduct to promote consistency in state government and provide clarity to our employees."
PLCB employees are prohibited by law from accepting any gift from a wine or spirits vendor or contractor. However, within the agency's Code of Conduct, there were a few exceptions for gifts from those who were not wine and spirits vendors or contractors. For example, PLCB employees were allowed to accept nominal gifts, such as a T-shirt or pen, from liquor licensees who are regulated by the board. Those exceptions have now been eliminated.
In an effort to promote the highest ethical standards, in September 2014, the PLCB reissued the employee Code of Conduct. Each agency employee was required to sign an acknowledgement that he/she read and understood the code. In addition, the agency created a new Vendor Code of Conduct to outline the relevant ethical rules for those conducting business with the PLCB. Vendors also were asked to sign an acknowledgment of understanding.
The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol and also operates more than 600 Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores statewide. Taxes and store profits are returned to Pennsylvania's General Fund. For more information about the Liquor Control Board, visit www.lcb.state.pa.us.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board