Okay, I just have to vent about this to someone. You can even close this page now if you want. I have worked for my brother in law for about 15 years in an upper level management position. His son, my nephew and Godson, has worked for us for a couple of years in the capacity of guy-Friday. In recent months, his dad has been preening him for a more important position in the company. It is a position in which he would have to take on more duties and, ultimately, be much more responsible. He would be in direct contact with some of our key clients and account personnel. Not for the first time, I received from one our clients an email in regards to a file of my nephew's. Apparently, nephew was sent a notice of a new job back on 9/30 and he simply buried it and never responded, never opened it in our system and never sent acknowledgement. The client was looking for our file number today and decided to ask me. When I opened nephew's drawer of files, lying right on top was a UPS folder - with MY name on it - that he never opened or delivered to me. It was dated 9/30!!! Argh. It just happened to be some important health insurance documents for one of our new FL staff that I had been waiting for!! I was/am so peaved. I took it and continued my search for the other file when I opened up one of his overhead bins and discovered a piece of mail from August 4th!!! This particular vendor had just called yesterday looking for their money and I heard my nephew tell them that we never received thier invoice and to please send another. I wasn't shocked by this discovery, it's happened before. But I hate being the one who has to tell the boss, his father, my brother in law. But I did. After I opened the new file and set everything up; after I forwarded the health insurance papers to our new employee. I told him. He tried to brush off my being inconvenienced and also gave the impression that he thought the HR issue concerning the health insurance papers was not that big a deal - BUT - I could see he was boiling. I know he went in his office and called his son - his son called out sick today (he does this almost weekly, can never make it through an entire week and makes up reasons to leave the office throughout the day). But here is the thing: The boss will ream out his son, his son will lie about it all, call me crazy and nosy, etc., and somehow his dad will fall for it and nephew will be off the hook. So in the end, I just look silly and as if I were over reacting or being a you-know-what. But the truth is that our clients are talking about my nephew and questioning whether or not he's capable of the job. I wish one of them would say something to the boss, because I'm SOOOooOOOoooo tired of being the middlewoman, I hate this position but it's amazing how often I am exactly in this position!!! Not to mention that our other employees notice it all and all talk about the nephew behind his back and make snide comments. Did I mention that my nephew is turning 28 in January - he's no kid. Phew, feel better, thanks.