Guidance on gifts and gift-giving

The Alabama Ethics Law has recently been revised to delete any reference to “seasonal” gift-giving and to define “de minimis value.”  


Guidance on Gifts and Gift-Giving

The Alabama Ethics Law has recently been revised to delete any reference to “seasonal” gift-giving and to define “de minimis value.”  A public employee may receive items or services of de minimis value as long as there is no requirement that the employee do something or otherwise reciprocate as a condition of receiving them.  In other words, a de minimis item or service must be a gift.  The statute defines “de minimis” as a value of $25 or less per occasion with an aggregate of $50 or less in a calendar year from a single provider.  For more information, visit the Alabama Ethics Law page on the University Compliance Office website.