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Policy 35





Adopted: May 14, 2015 Page 1 of 1

It is well accepted the 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, including supervisors, leave themselves open to charges of inequitable consideration in decisions concerning work assignments, performance evaluations, and promotions.

It is the Plattekill Public Library Board of Trustees policy that relatives of persons currently employed by the Plattekill Public Library may be hired only if they will not be working directly for or supervising a relative. If already employed, they cannot be transferred into such a reporting relationship. If the relative relationship is established after employment, the individuals in the relationship may propose ways to address the problem. The Director shall make the ultimate decision within 30 days, subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees.

Board Members and their immediate family members (as defined below) will be excluded from consideration for employment by the Library.

Employees shall not hold a position with the Plattekill Public Library while they or members of their immediate family (as defined below) serve on the Board of Trustees.

Where Civil Service or other County, State or Federal Law determines the hiring of an individual, this policy may be set aside.

Where the position is a short term (6 months or less) this policy may be set aside upon Board notification in advance.

Immediate family includes the following: husband, wife, son, son-in-law, daughter, daughter-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, grandparents, grandchildren and step relations. This policy also applies to individuals who are not legally related but reside with another employee in a familial relationship rather than a roommate relationship.

In other cases where a conflict arises, the Plattekill Public Library Board of Trustees may step in and resolve the situation.