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Can’t hit employer’s interest, govt says on ‘moonlighting’ | India News


NEW DELHI: In what appears to be the first case of the Center confirming its stance on the legitimacy of ‘Moonlight‘, the government cited existing industry laws to state that workers must not accept any part-time work that could “adversely affect” the interests of the employer.
Moonlighting refers to a company’s full-time employees who undertake part-time jobs often without the employer’s knowledge.
“According to the Industrial Employment (Permanent Order) Act of 1946, a worker may not (of any kind) perform any work that is contrary to the interests of the industrial establishment in which he is employed and shall not accept any any work other than his work in the establishment, which may adversely affect the interests of his employer,” said Rameshwar Teli, junior minister of labor and employment when Reply to BJP MP Sumalatha Ambareeshgovernment questions about whether the government considers overtime work a good reason for a company to fire its employees and whether they have noticed an increase in lay off by moonlight.
Although Teli did not specify whether the government would endorse firing employees for overtime, he said both employment and layoffs, including layoffs, were a “normal phenomenon”. often in industrial settings” and the government has no specific information indicating such layoffs. Offs are happening due to moonlight. Teli added that the government has not done any research on the phenomenon of moonlight in India.
Incidentally, the cases of infidelity, which have largely been reported in the information technology sector, are in the service sector. Although the current labor law in India prohibits dual employment for factory workers, there is currently no legal framework for overtime work of employees working in IT companies.

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