I have been asked to make a policy change in our recruitment process to include a conflict of interest clause that prohibits the recruitment of a relative in any area where there is a hierarchical line. Is this a reasonable thing to include?

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I have been asked to make a policy change in our recruitment process to include a conflict of interest clause that prohibits the recruitment of a relative in any area where there is a hierarchical line. Is this a reasonable thing to include?

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It is not unusual for members of the same family to work for the same company or organisation. These situations can lead to problems, particularly where one relative is in a supervisory relationship with a member of that family. It can create disruption by family conflicts in the work environment, the appearance of favouritism and conflict of interest, and supervisory conflicts between spouses and relatives.

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