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Lawful Wedded Employees

Businesses are saying 'I do' to nepotism.

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Anti-nepotism rules in the workplace seem to be going the way of rotary telephones and manual typewriters. They're being replaced by policies that go beyond being family-friendly and actually encourage the hiring of married couples and relatives.

The first married couple to integrate into Jade Systems Corp., an IT solutions provider in Long Island City and Cold Spring, New York, were the owners. After president and CEO Debbi Milner, 41, founded the business, her husband, John, 41, came on board and is now the COO and CFO. Today, of their 150 employees, 20 people are married to someone in the company and another 15 are closely related to somebody on staff. According to Debbi, it was a natural evolution.

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