Hiring of Relatives


The employment of relatives or individuals involved in a dating relationship in the same area of an organization may cause serious conflicts and problems with favoritism and employee morale. In addition to claims of partiality in treatment at work, personal conflicts from outside the work environment can be carried over into day-to-day working relationships.

For purposes of this policy, a relative is any person who is related by blood or marriage, or whose relationship with the employee is similar to that of persons who are related by blood or marriage. A dating relationship is defined as a relationship that may be reasonably expected to lead to the formation of a consensual "romantic" or sexual relationship. This policy applies to all employees without regard to the gender or sexual orientation of individuals involved.

Relatives of employees may not occupy a position in which they will be working directly for or supervising their relative. Individuals involved in a dating relationship with a current employee may not occupy a position in which they will be working directly for or supervising the employee with whom they are involved in a dating relationship. ASC reserves the right to take prompt action if an actual or potential conflict of interest arises involving relatives or individuals involved in a dating relationship who occupy positions at any level (higher or lower) in the same line of authority that may affect the review of employment decisions.

ASC also discourages employees and their relatives or those with whom they may have a dating relationship from working together in a non supervisory situation within the same department at the College. If a relative relationship or dating relationship is established after employment between employees who are members of the same College department, they are encouraged to discuss the situation with the supervisor to determine the appropriate resolution for their particular situation.

If a relative relationship or dating relationship is established after employment between employees who are in a reporting situation described above, it is the responsibility and obligation of the supervisor involved in the relationship to disclose the existence of the relationship to the division vice president. The individuals concerned will be given the opportunity to decide who is to be transferred to another available position. If they are unable to make a decision within 30 calendar days, the division vice president will decide who is to be transferred or, if no other alternative exists, terminated from employment.


Policy No.  105  Issued  1/1/2004