(1) In consideration of their employment, employees have a duty to perform diligently and faithfully. This includes the requirement to be faithful to the employer's objectives and goals. An employee is expected to act in the best interests of the state of Montana as shaped and determined by the leaders of the department. This duty clearly does not include any acts that would violate the laws, rules or clear public policies of the state. It does include refraining from any acts that will be contrary or counter productive to the legitimate policies of the department leadership. This responsibility to act in the best interests of the state may become an ethical issue. Employees with questions concerning the applicability of this rule should disclose these issues to their supervisor or the ethics review panel.