Policy on Employment of Relatives (CAN)

Policy Number: 402-CAN

Human Resources

The permanent link for this policy is: https://policies.northeastern.edu/policy402-CAN/

This policy applies to Northeastern University Canadian Campuses only.

I. Purpose and Scope


To provide guidance on the employment of relatives of employees including job offers/appointments, transfers, and promotions.

II. Definitions


A relative is defined as a spouse, common law partner, parent, child, sibling, grandparent, or grandchild of the employee. Relatives also include relationships arising out of marriage, such as stepchild or step-parent, or relationships that exist for those whose living arrangements approximate family arrangements.

A supervisor is a staff or faculty member who oversees, directs, or evaluates the work of others.

An employee is anyone employed by the university as a staff and/or faculty member.

III. Policy


The universitymakes staff and faculty appointments and advancements based on a candidate’s qualifications and on the basis of merit. The universitydoes not automatically bar from employment or advancement someone with meritorious qualities because a close relative of the individual happens to be in the employ of the university. The universitywill not appoint or make employment decisions about individuals because of a close family relationship with a member of the universityfaculty or staff.

Employment of relatives in the same department

If it is proposed that an individual may be appointed to a position in a department where his or her relative is employed, the hiring supervisor must contact HRM to review and determine if the potential for an actual or perceived conflict of interest exists. If the universitydecides to appoint the individual to a position in that department, HRM will assist in developing appropriate reporting relationships for the relatives.

The university’s Policy on Employment of relatives precludes individuals from evaluating the work performance of a relative, or making decisions concerning relatives regarding hiring, salary, or similar financial decisions.

IV. Additional Information


Violations of this Policy on Employment of Relatives may result in disciplinary or other corrective actions, up to and including termination of employment for just cause.

    V. Contact Information


    HRM Customer Service Center: 617-373-2230; HRMInfo@northeastern.edu

    Responsible Office/Department(s)

    Human Resources

    Related Procedures



    Policy on Employment of Relatives


    Employment of Relatives; Anti-nepotism

    Version History

    Last Revision Date:

    Issued: September 1, 2016