Hiring relatives is legal, but keep them separated

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Q. Are there any legal restrictions on whether we can interview and hire a relative of one of our current employees? —J.D., North Carolina

A. No federal laws prohibit you from hiring relatives of a current employee. Just make sure that the hiring wouldn’t conflict with any anti-nepotism or anti-dating clauses in your employee handbook. A good rule of thumb: If you want to allow relatives to work for your organization, make sure they work in different departments and that neither has supervisory authority over the other.

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