Conflicts of Interest
A “conflict of interest” occurs when an individual’s private interest interferes or appears to interfere with the interests of the Company. Conflicts of interest are prohibited as a matter of Company policy, unless they have been approved by the Company. In particular, an employee, officer or director must never use or attempt to use his or her position at the Company to obtain any improper personal benefit for himself or herself, for his or her family, or for any other person. Additionally, a conflict of interest may arise when an employee, officer or director takes actions or has interests that may make it difficult to perform his or her work objectively and effectively.
Some of the more common conflicts from which employees, officers and directors must refrain are set forth below:
- Family members. A conflict of interest may be encountered when doing business with or competing with organizations in which you have an ownership interest or your family member has an ownership or employment interest. “Family members” include a spouse, parents, children, siblings and in-laws. Business must not be conducted on behalf of the Company with family members or an organization with which a family member is associated, unless such business relationship has been disclosed to and authorized by the President of J. Kent Staffing.
- Improper conduct and activities. Conduct or activities that are inconsistent with the Company’s best interests or that disrupt or impair the Company’s relationship with any person or entity with which the Company has or proposes to enter into a business or contractual relationship must not be engaged in.
- Compensation from non-Company sources. Employees, officers and directors may not accept compensation in any form for services performed for the Company from any source other than the Company.
- Business relationships. During business hours, employees may not perform any work or services for any organization or outside business or professional venture, other than the Company. Any associations, interests and business relationships that you have that might cause you to act in ways that are not in the best interests of the Company, or that might be perceived to cause divided loyalties, must be promptly disclosed to the Company and will be permitted only with the Company’s approval.
- Gifts. Employees, officers and directors, and members of their immediate family may not accept gifts from persons or entities if such gifts are being made in order to influence them in their capacity as employees, officers or directors of the Company, or if acceptance of such gifts could create the appearance of a conflict of interest. Gifts to candidates, placements, client employees or internal employees are not encouraged. In any case, gifts may not exceed $25 in value. Any gift requires prior approval by J. Kent's President.
- Personal use of Company assets. Employees, directors and officers may not use Company assets, labor or information for personal use, other than incidental personal use, unless approved by the Presidnet of J. Kent Staffing or as part of a compensation or expense reimbursement program. Any employee, officer or director who is aware of a conflict of interest or is concerned that a conflict might develop, is required to discuss the matter with the the President of J. Kent Staffing.