New Delhi: Infosys has sent out a message to its employees, stating that dual employment or ‘moonlight’ is not allowed, and warned that any breach of contract will trigger disciplinary action “which may even lead to termination of employment”. Is”.
“No two times – no moonlight!” India’s second largest IT services company said in a stern and stern message to employees on Monday. ,Also read: Public Provident Fund: Make Rs 100 daily in PPF, get Rs 25 lakh at the time of retirement; see details here,
Simply put, moonlighting refers to employees taking on side gigs to do more than one job at a time. ,Also read: LIC Saral Pension Plan: Pay Single Premium, Get Rs 50,000 Every Month For Life,
Infosys’ internal communication titled “No Double Life” makes it clear that “… double employment is not permitted as per employee manual and code of conduct”.
It also cites the relevant clause in the offer letter to take the matter home.
“Any contravention of these sections will be subject to disciplinary action, which may even lead to termination of employment,” the mail said.
Emails sent by PTI to Infosys for comments did not elicit any response.
According to Mailer, “Moonlight is a practice of working at another job during normal business hours/outside business hours. Infosys as a company strictly discourages double employment.”
The company has urged managers to sensitize their teams on the “consequences” of double employment and moonlighting.
Infosys said, “You are expected to immediately report any case of moonlight to your respective unit HR.”
The move comes at a time when the issue of moonlight by tech professionals has sparked a fresh debate, polarizing views and thorny legal questions within the industry.
Now with the headlines, some industry watchers are cautioning that employers may consider additional safeguards to protect proprietary information and operating models, especially where employees are working remotely.
Analysts say companies may also tighten the terms of exclusivity in employment contracts.
While the practice of moonlighting emerged as a major buzzword after Wipro chairman Rishad Premji flagged the issue, citing it as a “hoax”, voices and opinion within the industry have been divided.
Pune-based union Nascent Information Technology Employees Senate (NITES) has strongly condemned the “threatening emails” sent by Infosys to employees. It has argued that moonlight is “not possible” for a number of reasons.
“Aadhaar card and PAN card are now mandatory for joining any company. The government has also linked Aadhar card with Employees’ Provident Fund account and every employee has a unique Universal Account Number (UAN) for Provident Fund, Harpreet Singh Saluja, Chairman, NITES said, it is not possible for two companies to deposit the Employees’ Provident Fund contribution in a month.
Further, NITES said that the IT sector employees are working under pressure to meet the deadline.
“IT employees working more than nine hours a day without any overtime benefits. Will there be any energy or time left if an employee is working 10-12 hours a day.”
In addition, many IT companies have developed monitoring systems to measure employee productivity, the union argued.
Moonlighting such employee mailers as “illegal and immoral” and arbitrary contract clauses, NITES emphasized that “what employees do outside working hours is their prerogative”.