Primary Infosys Ltd has warned its employees against moonlighting, saying that the practice may terminate the employee’s contract as it is against the company’s rules.
IT company said that dual employment would not be allowed per Infosys’s conduct code.
It comes amid an IT crackdown on the practice of taking up a second job, with Wipro warning its employees weeks before Infosys’s letter.
On September 12, Infosys sent an email to employees warning that moonlighting could lead to termination of the contract.
“Remember – NO TWO-TIMING – NO MOONLIGHTING (sic),” reads the email sent by Infosys HRs.
It further mentioned that in offer letters, too, the employee cannot take full-time or part-time employment at any organization without the consent of Infosys.
As clearly stated in your offer letter, you agree not to take employment, whether full-time or part-time, as director/ employee of any other organization in any form of business activity without the consent of Infosys.
May give the consent subject to any terms and conditions that the company may think fit and may be withdrawn at any time at the company’s discretion,” the company said in an internal email.
The company also mentioned that shifting to remote work has led to an uptick in moonlighting.
Working a second job has become easier for IT employees without letting their prior employer know and read the email.
“This can pose serious challenges to our business such as the impact on productivity, job performance, risk of data and confidential information leakage, etc.,” it further read.
Infosys’s email echoed a tweet from Rishad Premji of Wipro, who described moonlighting as cheating.
“There is a lot of chatter about people moonlighting in the tech industry. It is cheating – plain and simple,” he said in a tweet last month.