2013 Code of Alabama
Title 41 - STATE GOVERNMENT.
Chapter 1 - GENERAL PROVISIONS.
Section 41-1-5 - Nepotism in state service prohibited.
(a) No officer or employee of the state or of any state department, board, bureau, committee, commission, institution, corporation, authority or other agency of the state shall appoint, or enter a personal service contract with, any person related to him within the fourth degree of affinity or consanguinity to any job, position or office of profit with the state or with any of its agencies.
(b) Any person within the fourth degree of affinity or consanguinity of the agency head or appointing authority, the appointing authority's designee, deputy director, assistant director, or associate director shall be ineligible to serve in any capacity with the state under authority of such an appointment, and any appointment so attempted shall be void. The provisions of this section shall not prohibit the continued employment of any person who is employed as a public employee as of August 1, 2013, nor shall it be construed to hinder, alter, or in any way affect normal promotional advancements under the state Merit System for the employee.
(c) Any person within the fourth degree of affinity or consanguinity of a public employee shall not be the immediate supervisor for or in the chain of command of, or participate in the hiring, evaluation, reassignment, promotion, or discipline of, the public employee within any state department, board, bureau, committee, commission, institution, corporation, authority, or other agency of the state.
However, this subsection shall not apply to an employee of a city or county board of education that is currently employed or to a future employee hired into a non-supervisory position posted in accordance with Section 16-22-15, where his or her relative will not be the employee's immediate supervisor, and where the employee's relative made no recommendation, cast no vote, and otherwise had no involvement concerning the employee's hiring.
(d) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $500.00 or by imprisonment not to exceed one year, or both. A willful violation of this section shall subject the public employee and the person or persons within the fourth degree of affinity or consanguinity of the public employee to disciplinary action, up to and including separation from state service.(Acts 1963, No. 588, p. 1285; Act 2013-242, §1.)
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