Donald Trump has appointed his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner to positions in his administration -- Ivanka is an advisor, and Kushner apparently has many roles.
How has he been allowed to do this, since it seems to violate 5 USC §3110(b), which says:
A public official may not appoint, employ, promote, advance, or advocate for appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement, in or to a civilian position in the agency in which he is serving or over which he exercises jurisdiction or control any individual who is a relative of the public official.
I thought he was getting away with it by not paying them, but I don't think the above clause is limited to paid positions. In fact, part (c) confirms that:
An individual appointed, employed, promoted, or advanced in violation of this section is not entitled to pay, and money may not be paid from the Treasury as pay to an individual so appointed, employed, promoted, or advanced.
That seems to say that there can be a violation of this section independent of whether they're being paid.
Part (a)(2) of the statute says that "public official" includes the President, and part (a)(3) says that "relative" includes both daughter and son-in-law. So there's no question that Trump, Ivanka, and Jared are included.
Part (d) says that the OPM may authorize temporary exceptions during emergencies. This is obviously not such a situation.