2022ET1-076giftsbetweenemployees

Gifts Between Employees

Proceed with Caution

  • When it comes to gifts between employees, proceed with caution.
  • Generally, an employee should not give a gift to a manager or higher-paid colleague. Likewise, a gift should not be accepted from a subordinate or lower-paid employee.
  • There are exceptions. A non-cash gift worth $10 or less to a manager, occasionally, such as on birthdays or holidays, is OK.
  • Another exception is a cash gift to a manager on a special occasion, such as a marriage, birth, adoption, retirement, or resignation.

It’s all about avoiding complaints of favoritism or harassment, and creating a cohesive, productive workforce.

And that’s smart business.

Contact the Ethics Office (ethics.help@usps.gov) for more guidance.