Long-Term Relationship (M25-16/17)

A ministry employee was in a long-term personal relationship with a staff member who was a direct report.

The relationship did not meet the criteria of a spousal relationship as set out in the regulation and therefore was not in contravention of the sections regarding benefiting self, spouse or children or hiring or supervising family members. However, the deputy minister was concerned about the perception that the direct report might receive preferential treatment from the manager, and that the relationship had developed long before the situation was brought to the deputy’s attention.

The deputy minister determined that the situation represented a conflict of interest and directed that the supervisory functions for the direct report be assigned to another manager while the branch director reviewed options to address the situation. The director was directed to report back to the deputy on actions taken.

O. Reg. 381/07, s. 3 & 7.