Nepotism - HR Policy 123

Nepotism - HR Policy 123

This policy states that UAB employees must refrain from employment decisions and evaluations involving immediate family members or another UAB employee who resides in the same household.
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Policy 123 – Nepotism

Date Issued: 10/80
Date Revised: 08/13

UAB employees may not appoint to any position or enter into a personal service contract with a member of their immediate family or another UAB employee who resides in the same household.  In addition, employees may not be the immediate supervisor for or be in the chain of command (i.e., make work-related decisions for immediate family members in regards to hiring, promotion, reassignment, performance evaluation, or discipline).

Immediate family includes spouse, sponsored adult dependent*, son or daughter (including stepchildren), child(ren) of sponsored adult dependent, parent (including stepparent), brother or sister (including stepbrother or stepsister), aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, grandparent, grandchild, great-grandparent/grandchild, first cousin, great-great-grandparent/grandchild, grandniece/nephew and corresponding in-laws.

Exceptions to this policy must be requested in writing to the University’s Chief Human Resources Officer.  Exceptions may only be granted if a position can be structured to ensure no prohibited working relationship exists among family members.  Problems related to an approved exception should be referred to the Chief Human Resources Officer for UAB.

According to Board of Trustees Rule 106, additional approvals at the campus and/or system levels are required before hiring members of the immediate families of the President, the Chancellor, and members of the Board of Trustees. (See Board Rule 106 for the specifics of this regulation.)

*Sponsored Adult Dependent – a sponsored adult dependent is not a relative, is at least 19 years of age, shares a primary residence and has lived with you not as a renter, boarder, tenant or employee for at least twelve months.