According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 7 million – 5.3% of the labor force held more than one job. People work at multiple jobs for a variety of reasons. In today’s economy, people are often compelled to work two jobs just to make ends meet. Others may “moonlight” to gain skills in another profession.
What guidelines can employers set regarding employees working at other jobs?
Employment lawyers and consultants disagree on whether a specific policy addressing moonlighting is needed. Those not advocating a policy believe that job performance and conflict of interest policies cover the bases. Others say that a distinct moonlighting policy clarifies what the employer expects in this regard.
If you choose not to have a separate moonlighting policy, be certain that you address other employment in your conflict of interest, confidentiality or non-compete policies.
If the employee who is moonlighting is frequently absent, late for work, or generally doing sub-standard work, address this as a performance problem.
Banning outside employment totally could cause morale problems. It could also limit your talen pool when you are recruiting.
Important Note! The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) says nothing about what employees may or may not do while on FMLA Leave. if you don’t want employees moonlighting while on FMLA, be sure to include this in your leave policy.
HR Whiz says
We haven’t banned moonlighting. But we have asked people to come forward when applicable to discuss it. And they have. That way, we’re able to evaluate and discuss which job comes first, etc. Has been very receptive. Some our realtors, which is easily done after hours and on weekends. Others tend bar and stuff like that. We have not come across a job that would be contrary to ones employment.
They should have the same guidelines as the other employees, if the employee’s performance begins to be affected by moonlighting, the consequences should be the same as everyone else. Anything happening outside the work place that deals nothing with the employee’s work position is none of the company’s business.
Payam Tizabgar says
I agree that if the employee’s performance begins to be affected there should be consequences if it is because of moonlighting. What an employee does in his/hers free time should be his business alone but it shouldn’t affect his / hers performance at work.