Add anti-Nepotism rule to your family of policies

Q. Some employees have complained anonymously that an employee is receiving preferential treatment because she’s the wife of a manager. How can we defuse this situation? Should I transfer her to another warehouse? —B.B., New York

A. Most employers, especially larger ones, should consider implementing an anti-nepotism policy. It can take several forms, including banning all relatives from working for your organization or prohibiting relatives from working in the same department, at the same facility or in a supervisor/subordinate relationship. If you draft such a policy, define “relatives” carefully. Does that include spouses, parents, children, siblings, grandparents, in-laws, etc.?

Tip: While your company drafts its policy, reassign either the husband or the wife who are currently working together.