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IT firms tighten screws on employees who go for moonlighting

Happiest Minds Technologies, an IT company, said that it had only fired a small number of workers who were discovered moonlighting or involved in dual jobs after work hours.

By wasmulhaq 
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Bengaluru: Happiest Minds Technologies, an IT company, said that it had only fired a small number of workers who were discovered moonlighting or involved in dual jobs after work hours. According to the company, moonlighting is unacceptable because it constitutes a contract violation.

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The company’s executive vice chairman, Joseph Anantharaju, claimed that the actions had been taken against employees who were in the act of moonlighting.

Anantharaju claimed that the company has begun bringing staff back to the workplace because there is little opportunity for illegal activities like moonlighting from the office.

Moonlighting, as the name suggests, is essentially work done in the evening or overnight. In India, the moonlighting’ debate has become a contentious matter. The IT companies are not on one platform in this regard. 

Wipro, chairman Rishad Premji’s company, terminated about 300 employees when it found that several employees were engaged in dual work.

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Infosys, which had previously stated that it “let go” of employees who were discovered working for two different organisations, recently let its employees take on gig jobs on the side with the managers’ prior agreement. The gig tasks are to be completed after work hours, according to the employer.

HCL Technologies had also stated that it disapproved of dual employment. Although it emphasised that the matter was not a pressing one in its organisation, moonlighting was deemed against Tata Consultancy Services’ guiding principles.

 

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