NEPOTISM & IMPARTIALITY: Definitions and Considerations USPS Law Department 2004. NEPOTISM. What is nepotism? “Nepotism” generally refers to favoritism shown to a relative in the workplace on the basis of the personal relationship. What is impartiality?
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Definitions and Considerations
USPS Law Department
What is nepotism?
“Nepotism” generally refers to favoritism shown to a relative in the workplace on the basis of the personal relationship.
Impartiality is what we demonstrate when we are fair, rather than partial or biased, in our dealings with other employees.
Why do/must we care about nepotism and impartiality?
Under this statute, an employee may not:
An employee must consider whether her impartiality would reasonably be questioned if she participated in a particular matter involving others with whom she has certain personal or business relationships.
If her impartiality could be questioned, she should not participate in the matter unless she informs an ethics official about the matter and is authorized to proceed.
Prevents a federal employee from:
Postal selection policies prohibit an employee from being on a promotion review board, or a selecting official, when the employee’s child, sibling, housemate, parent, or other relative is an applicant.
It is never appropriate for spouses to have a direct reporting relationship.
It is not appropriate for one household member to report to another.
Whether non-spousal relatives may be in reporting relationships depends on the facts of the situation and relevant postal policy.
5. Do the two own any real property together?
6. Have other employees complained about, or simply noted, special treatment being received by the subordinate employee?
7. Is there any evidence of any type of favoritism?
8. Is an investigation necessary in order to elicit answers to these questions?
Attempting to exert influence in a selection, promotion, or transfer matter, especially when it involves a relative, violates the impartiality section of the Standards of Ethical Conduct, and the EL-312.
Responses to these issues:
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