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Dear Ms Ethics is a communication vehicle to disseminate the answers to questions about organizational ethical dilemmas that relate to the CCIC Code of Ethics and Operational Standards.

1. Police Checks
Should CCIC members be doing police checks on volunteers and others working for them?.

2. High Volunteer Turnover
Our organization appreciates the assistance provided by the dedicated people who give us their time and skills as volunteers. But every year we have a quick turn-over and we don’t seem to keep volunteers for very long. What I have noticed is that the volunteers tend to be highly educated for the tasks we give them and they are often visible minorities in our community. Are there ethical issues related to this turn-over of volunteers?

3. Office Relationships
Two people have been working together in the same department in our organization for two years. One is the supervisor of the other. Recently they became personally involved and are planning to be married next month. Is there an ethical problem if they remain in the same positions within the same hierarchical structure? 

4. Job Advertisements
Does the CCIC Code of Ethics allow for an organization to advertise only internally for a one-day a week job opening?

5. Employment Insurance Lifejacket
I’m a new Board member in a small organization that struggles to stay afloat. At our first meeting I overheard that one of the staff works for the required months necessary to be eligible for unemployment insurance and is then laid off. While collecting the insurance he then continues to work as a ‘volunteer’. It saves the organization a lot of money. This has been going on for a couple of years and the person has always agreed to it. Is there an ethical problem with this practice? 

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