Outside Employment Policy

Author: Jessica Sussman

When to Use

A significant percentage of today's workforce is employed by more than one organization at a time Employees generally seek outside employment to supplement their income. Employees who seek outside work may pose a number of risks to an employer, including not having the energy to perform at their full capacity, which could lead to workplace hazards and decreased productivity. Outside employment may also limit an employee's ability to work overtime, increase the risk that the employer's confidential information will be leaked, and pose potential conflicts of interest.

Generally, outside employment policies should focus on preventing direct conflicts of interest with an employer's business and providing employees with guidance on how to avoid conflicts of interest in seeking outside employment. A well-crafted outside employment policy will achieve this goal and permit an employer to retain a quality workforce.

Below is a model policy that can be further tailored to fit the employer's specific needs