University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Employee Handbook

Employment of Relatives

The College permits the employment of qualified relatives of employees as long as such employment does not, in the opinion of the College, create actual or perceived conflicts of interest. For purposes of this policy, "relative" is defined as a spouse, child, parent, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, first cousin, or corresponding in-law or "step" relation. The College will exercise sound business judgment in the placement of related employees in accordance with the following guidelines:

  • Individuals who are related by blood or marriage are permitted to work in the same College department, provided no direct reporting or supervisory/management relationship exists. That is, no employee is permitted to work within the "chain of command" of a relative such that one relative's work responsibilities, salary, or career progress could be influenced by the other relative.
  • Employees working in the same department as of 12/1/04, are “grandfathered” in for purposes of this policy. However, after this date, no relatives are permitted to work in the same work group or in any other positions in which the College believes an inherent conflict of interest or other employment difficulties may exist.
  • Additionally, employees who marry while employed are treated in accordance with these guidelines (except for those “grandfathered” in prior to the date of this policy).  That is, if, in the opinion of the College, a conflict or an apparent conflict arises as a result of the marriage, one of the employees will be transferred at the earliest practicable time.

This policy applies to all categories of employment at the College, including full-time, temporary and part-time classifications.