I've been employed at my current workplace for a few months now. This month all employees received an updated employment terms document, with one clause reading as follows:
This raises several questions for me, the most important of which are as follows:
- Is this even a fair ask, professionally, especially for work done outside of Employment Hours, and for work completely unrelated to the Employer's domain of business?
- Will this be legally binding, should this be violated?
- What am I not permitted to do under such a clause? Can I or can I not...
a. Contribute to existing open-source projects?
b. Start a new open-source project of my own?
c. Start a new closed-source project of my own, resulting in a freeware?
d. Start a new closed-source project of my own, resulting in a proprietary software?
- Does this include currently on-going work started...
a. Before my employment with the company?
b. Before this revised terms document was rolled out?
Lastly, will contesting this with my employer put me in a spot where I am either forced to accept the terms, or forfeit the job?