Preventing moonlighting is easier said than done

Preventing moonlighting is easier said than done
Famous IT company in India, Wipro has fired 300 employees after they were found working with one of its competitors at the same time. It also brings to the fore a specific case of reported conflict of interest. A zero-tolerance approach towards such conflict and intellectual property rights (IPR) violations is fully justified.

he phrase moonlighting is of recent origin in India. It refers to working a covert job, particularly at night. After concluding their day shifts at their primary employment, employees would choose to work under the “moonlight” i.e., at night. Day lighting and moonlighting have the same fundamental idea: an employee works for multiple businesses while adhering to the law of ordinary wealth.
Employment contracts must cover a broad definition and common rules for moonlighting – not working for a direct competitor, completing work for the side-hustle outside full-time working hours, not using company resources, non-solicitation at the full-time job, maintaining quality, etc. Moonlighting is by no means ethical. Wipro is not the only company that has raised concerns against ‘moonlighting’, a few days ago, even IBM warned against the latest trend. Moonlighting is a complete violation of integrity in its deepest form.

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H.L. Kumar

is Advocate, Supreme Court of India, New Delhi. He has also been former Law Teacher in University of Delhi.

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H.L. Kumar

is Advocate, Supreme Court of India, New Delhi. He has also been former Law Teacher in University of Delhi.

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