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Policies, Rules and Regulations

Chapter Name: Employment, Affirmative Action and Civil Rights

Chapter No. 3.1.12

Issue: Employment of Relatives

Effective Date: 10-30-2012



It is well accepted that employment of relatives in the same area of an organization can cause serious conflicts and problems with favoritism and employee morale. In these circumstances, all parties leave themselves open to charges of inequitable consideration in decisions concerning work assignments, transfer opportunities, performance evaluations, promotions, demotions, disciplinary actions, and discharge. In addition to claims of partiality in treatment at work, personal conflicts from outside the work environment can be carried into day-to-day working relationships.

It is Eastern Michigan University's policy that relatives of persons currently employed by EMU may be hired only if they will not be working in the same reporting line directly or indirectly for a relative. If already employed, they cannot be transferred into such a reporting relationship. If the relative relationship is established after employment, the divisional leader will within 30 calendar days, review the matter and determine who will be reassigned in order to comply with this policy.

For the purpose of this policy, a relative is defined to include spouses, additional eligible adult, parents, children, brothers, sisters, brothers- and sisters-in-law, father- and mothers-in-law, stepparents, stepbrothers, stepsisters, stepchildren, aunts, uncles and cousins.

The President of Eastern Michigan University will approve all appointments associated with this policy.


The President of Eastern Michigan University is responsible for the implementation of this policy. The Chief Human Resources Officer, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs Personnel and Contract Administration and University Supervisors are responsible for day to day implementation and enforcement of this policy. Further, it is the individual responsibility of each University employee to disclose relationships that may violate this policy.


The policy covers all University Employees.



Authority for Creation or Revision:

Minutes of the Board of Regents: October 30, 2012