The River Project (TRP) mandates that all employee hiring, pay actions, and advancements be made on the basis of merit. Thus, TRP will not allow individuals to be hired or promoted, or barred from being hired or promoted, just because of an immediate family relationship with another TRP employee.
Members of an employee’s immediate family will be considered for employment on the basis of their qualifications, but may not be hired if employment would:
- (i) Create a supervisor/subordinate relationship with an immediate family member that cannot be managed appropriately;
- (ii) Create an adverse impact on work performance; or
- (iii) Create an actual conflict of interest.
This policy will also be considered when assigning, transferring, paying or promoting an employee. For the purpose of this policy, "immediate family" includes: spouse, parent, child, sibling, in-law, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, grandparent, and grandchild.
Employees should be aware of potentially sensitive situations involving personal relationships within their area of responsibility. TRP may reasonably regulate the work situation of individuals in relationships outlined above for bona fide business reasons of supervision, safety, security, and/or morale.
Employees who become immediate family members during the course of their employment with TRP may continue employment as long as it does not involve and violate any of the above.
In order to guarantee that individuals will be considered solely on the basis of individual merit, the following regulations are enforced:
- No TRP employee shall participate in any final decision or recommendations relating to the hiring, promotion, retention, termination, or other condition of employment at TRP of an immediate family member of the employee.
- In instances when it is proposed that an immediate family member of a TRP employee be employed, the TPR Board of Directors will ensure that the anti-nepotism policy has not been violated. Approval will be documented via e-mail or memorandum.
This policy shall be effective as of June 2, 2015.