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However, employment of family members in situations where one family member has direct influence over the other's conditions of employment (i.e., salary, hours worked, shifts, etc.) is inappropriate.
For the purpose of this policy, family members are defined as spouse, domestic partner, daughter, son, parent, grandparent, grandchild, sister, brother, mother-in-law or father-in-law.
In some cases, a concern over conflict of interest may arise involving other close relatives - such as aunts, uncles, cousins, or relatives by marriage.
In any case, when employees are unsure about a potential conflict, they should fully disclose the circumstances in writing to their supervisor.
The policy does not create a contract implied or expressed, with any Vanderbilt employees, who are employees at will.
Vanderbilt reserves the right to modify this policy in whole or in part, at any time, at the discretion of the University.
If one family member has influence over another family member's conditions of employment, the following should occur: In collaboration with the supervisor, the involved employees will be provided thirty days to make a decision regarding a change.
Options include, but are not limited to: If a decision is not reached by the end of the thirty-day period, the department head, or next level of administrator, will resolve the situation. Employees are encouraged to socialize and develop professional relationships in the workplace provided that these relationships do not interfere with the work performance of either individual or with the effective functioning of the workplace.
If questions or concerns arise regarding potential harassment or discrimination, the employee should contact the EAD.