Question:I have a relative I’d like to hire to do some work at Starbucks. Since it’s a legitimate project that needs to be done, and my relative is trained to do this type of work, is it okay if I hire her?
Although the work is legitimate, this situation creates the appearance of a conflict. The circumstances of this situation should be raised with Ethics & Compliance so that an independent review can be done prior to committing to a contract. This will help protect you, your relative and Starbucks if the relationship ever comes into question.