Can an employer legally stop its full time employee from getting a second job?

I will prefer answers supported by some legal authority.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    It depends on what you have in your employee handbook. If there is a section about moonlighting or having other jobs that negatively impact your performance or reflect badly on the company - then yes, an employer can issue an ultimatim (i.e. stop or loose your job).

    without something in writing any employer is skating on thin ice unless your job performance slacks, or you've used company property in performing your second job.

  • 1 decade ago

    I work for a company that makes its employees sign an employment contract. While they do not prohibit us from getting a 2nd job the contract restricts us from certain types of jobs in particular fields. This is to avoid a "conflict of interest" situation. If you sign an employment contract with your employer this type of clause could be included. If you have not signed a contract then there should be nothing to stop you from getting a 2nd job but I don't know where you live so I don't know what might be contained in the Employment Standards for your particular area.

  • 1 decade ago

    No. Many employers have rules that outside activities cannot materially interfere with the job, which often precludes any second jobs. Other have non-compete rules, which would eliminate someone pursuing the same interests of the company in their off hours. But, what people do off the clock cannot otherwise be controlled by an employer.

  • In most U.S. states "employment at will" is the general rule. Anybody can be fired without cause at any time unless there is a specific contract preventing such action. The only time this does not apply is in a case of discrimination -- and I don't think "moonlighters" is in the list of protected minorities.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It really depends on your contract or service agreement. If your second job is in competition with your current employer, then they will probably have rights to prevent your actions. But if your other employment does not affect or interfere with your role (and you can demonstrate this) , then you are perfectly within your rights to pursue another vocation.

    Cheers and good luck.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If it goes agaist a company's policy yes, they can just fire you.

    Which would be legal

    That's the short answer

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    if you get a job with a competitor yes

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Alright, then...where do you live??In which country??

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