Nepotism Policy

Policy regarding hiring or supervising a relative.

Type

Enterprise

Applies To

City Council Departments; Boards and Commissions

Synopsis

No local official or employee shall be the immediate supervisor, or that supervisors immediate supervisor, of a related person; a local official or employee of the city shall not influence or attempt to influence the hiring, transfer, suspension, promotion, discharge, reward, discipline, or the adjustment of grievances of a related person; a local official or employee of the City shall not influence or attempt to influence the awarding of a City contract to a related person.
 

History

Council Approval: February 11, 2005

Effective: June 1, 2005

Keywords

nepotism, employment, supervisor, employee, related person, definitions, familial relationship

Links

Form

Supporting References

Administering Department

Human Resources

I. Purpose

The Nepotism policy is intended to mirror Section 15.160 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances, Ethics in Government which include a prohibition against nepotism in the workplace.

II. Policy

No local official or employee shall be the immediate supervisor, or that supervisor’s immediate supervisor, of a related person. The Human Resources Department will work with the affected related persons to resolve violations of this provision that exist because of existing supervisory relationships.

A local official or employee of the city shall not influence or attempt to influence the hiring, transfer, suspension, promotion, discharge, reward, discipline, or the adjustment of grievances of a related person.

A local official or employee of the city shall not influence, or attempt to influence the awarding of a city contract to a related person. No local official or employee shall be responsible for managing a city contract with a related person.

III. Definitions

A. Related person shall mean a person in a marital relationship, a domestic partner relationship or other committed relationship with a local official or employee, or in a significant familial relationship with a local official or employee.

B. Significant familial relationship means:

1. By blood or adoption: parent, child, grandparent, grandchild brother, sister, half-brother, half-sister, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, first cousin.

2. By marriage: husband, wife, stepparent, stepchild, stepbrother, stepsister, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece. Divorce terminates a significant familial relationship by marriage.

Contact us

Human Resources

Phone

612-673-2282

Address

250 Fourth St. S., Room 100
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Office hours

8 a.m.  4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday

See list of City holidays

Susan Trammell

Ethics Officer
City Attorney's Office

Phone

612-673-3230

Address

City Hall
350 Fifth St. S., Room 210
Minneapolis, MN 55415