Date: September 1983 (Revised)
EMPLOYMENT OF RELATIVES AND MINORS
I. APPLICABLE TO:
All management responsible for hiring of employees.
Supervisors and managers who are interviewing and hiring candidates for
positions are responsible for
adhering to this policy.
The Assistant Vice President for Human Resource Administration is responsible for administering this policy.
It is the policy of the University of Rhode Island to seek the best qualified
applicants for positions without
regard to whether or not they have relatives already employed at the University. The basic criteria for
appointment is appropriate qualifications. Family or marital relationships shall constitute neither an
advantage nor a deterrent to appointment at the University provided the individuals meets and fulfills the
appropriate appointment standards.
Appointment of relatives or spouses to the same administrative unit may be made
provided that such
employment does not impair the efficiency of the unit. Employment of relatives and spouses in positions that
are functionally dependent on each other should be considered with particular care. It is not the intent of this
policy to encourage the employment of relatives within the same unit, but rather to re-emphasize the concept
that the selection of personnel shall be solely on the basis of merit.
However, no two persons of the same family may hold positions in which one of
them is directly or
indirectly responsible for recommendations or decisions involving the other in such matters as the initial
appointment, retention, promotion, tenure, salary, leave of absence, or any other job related function of a
Any exceptions to this policy must have the explicit, written permission of the President.
Family relationships referred to in this policy are defined as parents, spouses,
siblings, and their spouses and
IV. AGE STANDARDS:
To avoid violation of state minimum age provisions requiring working papers or
work permits, age sixteen
(16) will be the minimum age for employment in any occupation at the University.
However, if a department wishes to employ a minor between the ages of sixteen
(16) and eighteen (18),
written permission from the Office of Human Resource Administration must be obtained prior to an
employment offer. The department should notify the Office of Human Resource Administration far enough
in advance to prevent payment delays. This requirement is established to assure that minors are not
employed in hazardous occupations.