Scott adds sexual harassment clause to code of ethics

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) Gov. Phil Scott, R-Vermont, signed an executive order Monday updating the Code of Ethics for executive branch employees.

Scott says appointees "are to act as examples and set a civil and respectful tone." They must also manage their electronic communications to comply with the public records law.

Additionally, appointees "shall be in good standing with respect to payment of all tax obligations" and "shall ensure sexual harassment in the workplace does not occur or persist."

Full-time appointees will be required to attend training on sexual harassment and government ethics at least once per year.

"The Executive Code of Ethics has long-reflected an important standard of integrity for Executive Branch appointees," Scott said in a statement. "It was important to me to build upon the strength of past Codes so that, together with my entire Administration and appointees, we can continue to restore faith and trust in government, and uphold high standards for civil discourse and public service."

Click here to view the updated code.