SCORE welcomes the opportunity to hire, onboard and retain qualified employees and volunteers who are related to one another by blood, marriage, partnership or otherwise. However, since such relationships could be viewed as an opportunity to show inappropriate favoritism if the related employees or volunteers are in a supervisor-subordinate relationship, it is the policy of SCORE that:
- Any employee or volunteer of SCORE who is a related party (as defined below) to another employee or volunteer shall not have any direct or indirect administrative or operational authority over the other person. This prohibition means not only that a person cannot supervise a related party but also that the related party cannot be in that person's chain of command; for example, a related party cannot work in a department in which a related party is the Vice President, or a related party cannot be a volunteer chapter chair in which a related party is District Director or Regional Vice President. The exception is that a related party can volunteer in a chapter in which a related party is chapter chair.
- An employee or volunteer of SCORE cannot use his/her authority or position with SCORE to benefit or to hinder another employee who is a related party. Although all such potential misuses of authority cannot be listed here, examples include an employee signing an evaluation for a related party or signing/approving a check payable to a related party.
- Employees and volunteers are required to notify firstname.lastname@example.org of (a) any existing related party relationships (b) any related party relationships that are created among employees or volunteers (for example, by the marriage of two volunteers) (c) the potential employment or volunteer onboarding of a related party
- SCORE will refuse to hire a job applicant who is related with a current employee if the applicant would be in a supervisory or subordinate position to the existing employee. SCORE employees or volunteers who marry one another during their employment will be allowed to remain with the company unless they are in a superior-subordinate relationship and there is no open position to which one of them may be moved.
- “Related party” within the meaning of this policy means two employees or volunteers (or an employee and a job applicant) in the relationship of husband, wife, father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, grandfather, grandmother, grandson or granddaughter, or any of those relationships arising as a result of marriage (for example, brother-in-law). Related parties also include business partnerships and committed domestic partnerships.
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