It's not exactly shocking that sons and daughters of state employees land on the government payroll as seasonal employees. That nexus between parentage and patronage is eternal.
But is it fair?
There are at least three such relatives out of 17 summer hires at the state Department of Economic and Community Development, The Courant reported Sunday. The jobs were not advertised, which seems unfair to the bulk of young people looking for work, especially those in the city where DECD is headquartered, Hartford.
The department maintains that hiring the offspring of its employees is proper. There is no language in state law prohibiting a state agency from hiring an employee family member, says the DECD human resources director.
The department notes that candidates for the summer jobs were recruited at college job fairs earlier this year at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Fairfield University and Connecticut College in New London.
How about a jobs fair in Hartford? There wasn't one. But according to the state Department of Labor, the unemployment rate among 17- to 24-year-olds in Hartford was 23.5 percent in 2011, two and a half times the statewide rate.
The family members holding seasonal jobs at DECD or any other state agency this summer may very well be good employees. But the jobs should be advertised and the application process open to everyone who's interested. Let's even the playing field and take nepotism out of the game.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun