What is the employment law for working with a family member? 12 Answers as of November 06, 2013

My manger just recently hired her sister to work under her as an associate. Things are seeming to become unfair. I would just like to know if there is a law for this.

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A. Dawn Hayes & Assoc. P.A.
A. Dawn Hayes & Assoc. P.A. | A. Dawn Hayes
No, there is no law against it. The business/employer is the one who sets the policy for that.
Answer Applies to: Florida
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Law Office of Russell J. Thomas, Jr. | Russell J. Thomas, Jr.
No law on this. However from a human resource standpoint, it is a bad practice.
Answer Applies to: California
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Law Offices of Linda Rose Fessler | Linda Fessler
You can hire whomever you want as long as you do not discriminate because of race, creed, etc. Hiring family members or friends is fine.
Answer Applies to: California
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Alena Shautsova
Alena Shautsova | Alena Shautsova
Owner may hire anybody they want.
Answer Applies to: New York
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KEYL ADR Services, LLC | Mark D. Keyl
Companies dictate the terms of employment. Some allow nepotism, some don't.

Answer Applies to: Mississippi
Replied: 11/6/2013
    Peters Law, PLLC
    Peters Law, PLLC | Mark T. Peters, Sr.
    Unless it is a governmental agency, there is no law prohibiting the hiring of relatives.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
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    Law Offce of Richard N. Grey | Richard N. Grey
    There is no law for this. A company can decide whether to allow family members to work together.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/6/2013
    In GA, it is completely legal to favor one's family members over non-family members in making employment decisions. Nepotism is not illegal. It is common in family owned business. Also, in GA, it is completely legal to favor any employee over any other employee, so long as the decisions are not motivated by protected grounds, which are, in GA, limited to ONLY: Race, Age, Sex, National Origin, Religious beliefs, or handicap. Just like Nepotism, bad judgment is not illegal.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 11/6/2013
    License Advocates Law Group LLP | Christine McCall
    The law does not prohibit hiring a family member, nor does it prohibit employer favoritism toward family members in other aspects of employment such as promotions, compensation, assignment of duties, etc. Unfair perhaps; unlawful, no.
    Answer Applies to: California
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    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    No law, just normal. Personally I never hire anyone I cannot fire.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
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    Chen Kasher, Esq.
    Chen Kasher, Esq. | Chen Kasher
    There is no law that applies to employment of family members specifically. What do you mean by unfair? I assume the family member is an at-will employee, and can negotiate terms or conditions that appear unfair.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 11/6/2013
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