(1) The department director shall appoint a panel to review ethical issues. The panel shall meet regularly and review requests from employees for advice concerning ethical issues, and disclosures. The panel shall provide advice and guidance to employees concerning ethical issues, the need to disclose issues to the secretary of state and the department, actions which may be taken to avoid conflicts of interest and any other ethical problems or concerns. The panel shall include both managers and nonmanagers.
(2) The department shall provide training regarding these rules, the code of ethics and the requirements for compliance. In addition, the department shall make information available to assist employees in complying with these rules.
(3) Upon disclosure of an ethical issue by an employee, the department shall take such action as appropriate to prevent an actual conflict of interest or ethical misconduct.