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Honorariums for State Employees

Scope: Applies to all State employees.

Purpose: The policy governing honorariums for state employees as published by the State of North Carolina's Office of State Budget and Management is as follows:


A state employee shall not accept an honorarium for an activity conducted where state-reimbursed travel, work time, or resources are used or where the activity can be construed as having a relationship to the employee's state position; such activity would be considered official duty on behalf of the state. A relationship exists between the activity and the employee's state position if "but for" that employee's state position, the employee would not participate in the activity in the same manner or capacity. The employee should make every attempt to avoid the appearance of impropriety.

An employee may receive an honorarium for activities performed during regular non-working hours or while on annual leave if the following conditions are met:

  • All expenses are the total responsibility of the employee or the non-state sponsor of the activity in which the employee is participating.
  • The activity has no relationship to the employee's state duties.

Nothing in this policy shall be interpreted as preventing the payment to the state by an outside source for actual expenses incurred by an employee in an activity, or the payment of a fee to the state (in lieu of an honorarium to the individual) for the services of the employee. Any such payments made to the state should be deposited to the departmental account and an appropriate entry should be made to the revenue line item: Refund of Travel Expenditures or similar account code.