Nepotism/Employment of Relatives
Members of the immediate family of elected officials of the City are not eligible for initial hire during the Council member’s term on Council.

Persons in the same immediate family may not be hired within the same department or division within the department.

“Immediate family” is defined as a spouse, parent, child, grandparent, grandchild, brother or sister, parent-in-law, grandparent-in-law, brother-in-law or sister-in-law.  The immediate family is also considered to include the following: step-parents, step-children, step-brothers and step-sisters when the employee and the step-relative have lived together regularly in the same household.  Immediate family also includes co-habitants, partners, or romantic relationships.

If two employees enter into a relationship that creates a situation prohibited by this policy, the two employees will not be permitted to continue working within the same Department.  The two employees will be requested to decide which on of the two employees will relinquish his/her employment status.  If the employees cannot choose which of the two will leave, the Department Director will make the decision.  Generally, the employee with the either greater tenure or higher compensation will be retained.  The employee who is removed may request consideration for any other vacant position in the organization for which he is qualified.  In the event the employee is not selected for another vacant position in another Department, the employee may resign or be terminated.

Situations not specifically addressed in this policy which, in the City’s opinion, create a conflict of interest or give the appearance of a conflict of interest, will be handled in the City’s discretion.  Additionally, any employment relationships which exist upon the adoption of this policy may be grandfathered in the sole discretion of the City.

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The City of Florence is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and provider and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, gender, color, religion, age, political affiliation, disability, national origin, genetic information, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, including but not limited to, lactation or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

City of Florence
City Center
324 West Evans Street
Florence, South Carolina 29501
Phone (843) 665-3158, 711 (TTY)