Can an employer prevent a part-time employee from working at an additional job?

Our company just instituted a new employee ethics policy that prohibits full and part time employees from working at any other employer without prior senior management approval. As the workforce is 80% part time, this seems like an unreasonable potential restraint on an employees ability to make a living working additional part time jobs.

1 answer  |  asked May 17, 2011 5:32 PM [EST]  |  applies to Ohio

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Bruce Elfvin
The essential nature of part-time work, unless it is extremely lucrative, is that it will not support the individual completely. Therefore it seems that you should be aware that most or at least a portion of your co-workers are also working somewhere else part-time or full-time.

I would think that upper management would feel differently if they get 100 requests or more. You may want to discuss the precise context of your work with an employment lawyer before confronting the employer. You can select one near you at:

posted by Bruce Elfvin  |  May 18, 2011 11:07 AM [EST]

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