UAB employees who meet certain criteria are required to file their annual economic interests form with the Alabama Ethics Commission by April 30. The forms will be available through BlazerNET.
Faculty and staff who meet a certain salary threshold, or whose job includes management of state funds in certain capacities, must file a Statement of Economic Interests form on an annual basis, said UAB Chief Human Resources Officer Cheryl E.H. Locke. Such employees are receiving formal notice of this requirement in a letter sent to their home address; the letter instructs employees to log on to BlazerNET to download and print the form. Once in BlazerNET (blazernet.uab.edu), employees should click on the Employee Resources tab and click on the link in the Human Resource Management channel.
Once the form is completed, employees should return it to the State of Alabama Ethics Commission, P.O. Box 302300, Montgomery AL 36130-2300.
“This filing is one part of the Ethics Commission’s efforts to ensure compliance with state conflict of interest laws and proper handling of taxpayer dollars,” Locke explained.
The filing is mandated by the Code of Alabama, 1975 Section 36-25-14. Summarized, the requirements as they apply to UAB state that:
• Persons whose base rate of pay at any time during calendar year 2007 would have annualized to $50,000 or greater are required to file, even if employment during the year was for a period as short as one day.
• Persons under that salary threshold whose job includes authority for procurement or investments are required to file.
• The Ethics Commission has exempted persons whose pay and benefits come primarily from UAB Hospital from the filing requirement.
Further description of commission and its requirements can be found online at www.ethics.alalinc.net/.