Mary Liz Curtin hired some of the teenage children of the workers at her furniture and gift shop, but when she reprimanded one of the teens for unprofessional attire, the girl's mother -- a cashier at the store -- became angry. "The lines got really blurred between who's the boss, who's the mother and who works for whom," Curtin said. Hiring related employees is common in small businesses, but some owners warn that it can create tension and even open them up to potential fraud.

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