Employment of Relatives and Minors

Special circumstances apply when minors or the relatives of University employees seek employment at Brown.

Employment of Relatives

When two members of the same family work at Brown, one should not supervise the other or be either judge or advocate in regard to salary, promotion or conditions of employment. Both individuals should be sensitive to the possibility of conflict of interest and should exercise caution to ensure that no conflict of interest exists. 

If an applicant is a member of the immediate family of a current employee within the hiring department, the current Brown employee must notify the hiring supervisor, who must then notify a Human Resources Generalist. No offer of employment may be made until the approval of the appropriate senior officer has been secured by the Human Resources Generalist. In accordance with this policy, the University reserves the right to reject a job applicant who is related to another Brown employee. 

At the time of the person's hire, the related parties may be required to sign a letter of understanding (provided by the Human Resources Department) as a condition of employment. Decisions affecting any aspect of a relative's employment (e.g., transfer, promotion, salary, termination) should be made by disinterested and qualified supervisory personnel chosen by and acting under the direction of the appropriate senior officer.

Employment of Minors

No child under the age of 14 may be employed by Brown University. There are special restrictions governing the employment of those between the ages of 14 and 18 years of age. Please contact a Human Resources Generalist prior to making any decision to hire a minor.