Running a side “business”
My employer – a council – has just updated the code of conduct. It states you have to get the written permission of your departmental head before you undertake any additional employment or business activity. There was nothing in my contract about that when I started. Surely what you do in your own time is your own business, as long as it isnt a conflict of interest ? Not actually doing anything at the moment, but have a couple of hobby websites I think I could make some cash from in advertising. As far as I know they wouldn’t find out (the tax man wouldnt tell them) but not sure it’s worth risking getting the sack for! Thanks in advance for any advice
I imagine it is rather that they want to know to ensure THEY do not believe it is a conflict of interest. I am guessing they just do not want to be found in an embarassing situation if a conflict arises in the future. By changing your contract if they are unaware of something they can throw the blame your way because you kept it a secret. Just a case of managing their risk.
If you have nothing to hide and it is not a conflict why not just tell them?
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The employer is entitled to do this in order to comply with the Working Time Regulations, amongst others. This is to ensure that employees who have not opted-out of the WTR do not exceed 48 hours per week. The employer does have a duty of care towards his employees and monitoring other work, hours etc is meeting that duty.