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Do you know the rules on workplace nepotism?

Employees can’t hire, supervise or promote a relative

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USPS observes the federal government’s rules against workplace nepotism.

The federal government has rules against nepotism in the workplace — and the Postal Service wants employees to remember them.

Under the rules, USPS employees cannot hire, supervise or promote a relative, which is defined as a spouse, parent, child, sibling, aunt, uncle, cousin, niece, nephew, in-law, stepparent, stepsibling or half sibling.

Employees are also prohibited from taking direct or indirect action related to a relative’s career at the Postal Service.

Examples of prohibited actions include:

• An aunt hiring a niece for a postal position;

• A father-in-law recommending his son-in-law for a supervisor position;

• An employee suggesting that her manager hire the employee’s cousin; and

• An employee recommending his half sibling for a detail assignment.

The Ethics Blue page has additional information. Employees with questions can email the USPS Ethics Office or call 202-268-6346.