Global HR headlines: Moonlighting, remote workers and exclusivity clauses


Survey shows that 80 percent of US workers believe they would be fired for refusing to return to the office.

As India’s second-largest IT services company bans moonlighting, industry watchers note the need for extra safeguards to protect proprietary information and operating models, especially where employees are working remotely. Meanwhile, a US judge orders Tesla to inform employees about a lawsuit by former employees regarding the mass layoff process, while research shows that remote workers are reluctant to give up the flexibility and autonomy of working from home.

Workers believe they will be fired for refusing to return to the office

Almost 80 percent of US remote workers believe their employers would fire them if they said “no” to a return-to-office mandate, according to a survey by OSlash.

The research also shows that nearly 60 percent of employers say they’d be content with employees resigning rather than returning to the office.

Big name companies like Apple Inc and Peloton Interactive Inc are leading the charge, setting Labor Day as their latest deadline for corporate employees to be in the office at least three days a week. The push has driven a wedge between workers and their bosses, with many rank-and-file employees reluctant to give up the flexibility and autonomy they enjoyed during the Covid-19 pandemic, reports Bloomberg.

Tesla ordered to tell employees about lawsuit

Tesla must tell its employees about a lawsuit it is facing over allegedly violating federal laws by requiring workers to sign separation agreements, a US judge has ruled.

The electric car-maker was sued by two employees in June, who were sacked in the mass layoff of more than 500 other employees from Tesla's Gigafactory in Nevada.

According to the lawsuit, the Tesla mass layoff violates the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, reports IANS.

Tesla last month filed a motion to dismiss the claims.

FedEx to close offices, park cargo aircraft

FedEx plans to close offices and park aircraft to offset declining volumes of packages moving around the world, after its quarterly revenue fell below its expectations.

Chief executive Raj Subramaniam, who took over in June, said he was taking actions to reduce costs including freezing hiring, closing 90 FedEx Office locations, parking some cargo aircraft, reducing Sunday ground operations and closing five corporate offices.

FedEx didn’t say if it was cutting its workforce, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Moonlighting and the remote worker

India’s second-largest IT services company. Infosys, has warned employees that dual employment or moonlighting is not permitted, noting that any violation of contract clauses will trigger disciplinary action “which could even lead to termination of employment”.

The move comes at a time when the issue of moonlighting by tech professionals has ignited a fresh debate, with some industry watchers saying that employers may consider extra safeguards to protect proprietary information and operating models, especially where employees are working remotely.

Companies, analysts have said, could also turn tougher on exclusivity clauses in employment contracts.

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