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Outside Business Interests Policy


This Outside Business Interests Policy is for use where an employer wishes to restrict employees’ outside activities (e.g. freelance work, involvement in a family business or second jobs) because, for instance, such activities may leave employees too tired to carry out their normal job and responsibilities or reluctant to do overtime or weekend work. Outside business interests may also create a conflict of interest or, potentially, have an adverse impact on the employer’s reputation. This policy requires employees to seek prior agreement from a designated person within the Company before taking on any outside business interests.

If an employee is permitted to take on other jobs or business activities then the employer is not responsible or liable if the employee works for more than a total of the 48-hour maximum working week under the Working Time Regulations 1998. However, employers should be aware that they cannot artificially divide one employment into two just to avoid the Regulations.

Public duties e.g. becoming a magistrate or taking time off to serve as a Justice of the Peace etc are specifically excluded from this policy.

Optional phrases / clauses are enclosed in square brackets. These should be read carefully and selected so as to be compatible with one another. Unused options should be removed from the document.

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