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Can an employer legally require you to divulge a second job or self-employment?

Recently, my company announced that all workers would have to divulge any second jobs or self-employment, and furthermore, have them approved (or denied) by the General Manager as a condition for continued employment. Is this legal? Notes: I work in California (so any help with state law would be useful) and my employer is a State Government entity.

Asked By: Ricky - 2/4/2008
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Yes because they have to determine a conflict of interest... More
Answered By: Star - 2/6/2008
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sounds insane to me contact your labor board
Answered By: but ski - 2/4/2008
 
I don't have a source, but I am going to say No. If it becomes a problem with your current employer, then you should really hire a lawyer!
Answered By: Angie K - 2/4/2008
 
No, what you do outside of working hours is your business.
Answered By: schatzyjr - 2/4/2008
 
yes your job employer certainly prohibit you from having a second job.
Answered By: M G - 2/4/2008
 
yes..they have to know if anything will interfer with your job with them. Also sounds like they are doing to start laying off workers and will probably only lay off those with other jobs or income as to not upset the ones who would be out on the streets.
Answered By: rivasj27 - 2/4/2008
 
You may have signed a non-compete agreement and therefore the company would have the right to deny you a second job which competes with your first.
Answered By: Xavier - 2/4/2008
 
Yes they can and have every right. If you are working for a competitor then you could be breaking laws and the rules of ethics. I am a t-com engineer I cannot work for anyone else doing this period or I will be fired on the spot because of price and technology wars. I can have another job doing anything else though.
Answered By: El Jefe - 2/4/2008
 
To my knowledge, unless you signed a statement on being hired, they can NOT force you to reveal your private life, unless you are working in a competitive area, or you are working in a place that you can divulge corporate secrets. But if you are working for the state, say in a office environment and you freelance as a... More
Answered By: Mama Bear - 2/4/2008
 
If you have a contract with an employer that has a clause that says you can not have other jobs or employment. Yes, they can demand you tell them. This is why we need unions, if you are in a union, contact an official with this issue. If you are not in a union then start reading the statutes or get an attorney.
Answered By: Old Fool - 2/4/2008
 
We have a similar policy in place (and I work for a municipality). Yes, it's legal. Second jobs can cause conflict of interest, etc. It may even be more enforceable since your work for a state government.
Answered By: leysarob - 2/4/2008
 
Many companies including state and federal agencies have "Non Compete" clauses in their ethics policies. Periodically, companies go through a phase of trying to "catch" people who are violating this policy, by making you tell them of second jobs or self employment. They will review it and then determine if it competes... More
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Answered By: fashionista - 2/4/2008
 
Yes, if you work for the state government they certainly can require to know whether you have any jobs that would conflict with the proper execution of your duties as a state employee.
Answered By: Brian A - 2/4/2008
 
If you have signed a no-compete agreement, then you cannot work in the same industry for a competitor -- or, if it's strict enough, perhaps you can't even do similar work in any field, so you need to check the language. If you'd be working for someone who's not a competitor and the agreement allows for this, fine, but... More
Answered By: recruiter guy - 2/4/2008
 
This is legal in CA. They have the right to know if you are working for a competitor or not. Since you work for the government I would think they have an obligation to assure you are not working for an entity that could be a conflict of interest, as you may have access to sensitive information.
Answered By: Landlord - 2/4/2008
 
It is...many large companies have that stipulation in there hiring contract.... They want 100% from you....this is only fair.
Answered By: kapn - 2/4/2008
 
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