Policy on Employment of RelativesPolicy Number: 402
The permanent link for this policy is: https://policies.northeastern.edu/policy402/
I. Purpose and Scope
To provide guidance on the employment of relatives of employees including job offers/appointments, transfers, and promotions.
For the purposes of this policy,
A relative is defined as a spouse, domestic partner (and in Canada, common law partner), parent, child, sibling, grandparent, or grandchild of the employee. Relatives also include relationships arising outside of marriage, such as stepchild or step-parent, or relationships that exist for those whose living arrangements approximate family arrangements.
The university makes staff and faculty appointments and advancements based on a candidate’s qualifications and on the basis of merit. The university does 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 university will not appoint or make employment decisions about individuals because of a close family relationship with a member of the university faculty or staff.
This policy precludes employees from evaluating the work performance of a relative and making decisions concerning hiring, salary, or similar financial decisions about a relative.
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 Human Resources (HR) 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, HR will assist in developing appropriate reporting relationships for the relatives.
IV. Additional Information
Violations of this policy may result in discipline up to and including termination of employment. In Canada, violation of this policy my constitute cause for termination.
Policy on Employment of Relatives
Employment of Relatives; Anti-nepotism
Last Revision Date: December 1, 2022
Issued: September 1, 2016