I was just cleaning out some old papers and stumbled upon an employee handbook from a prior company I worked for. Skimming through it, I came across a paragraph which piqued my curiosity. The paragraph reads as follows:
Employees must avoid situations in which the employee's obligations to the organization compete with the employees financial interests, the employee's obligations to another organization or governmental body or the employee's desire to assist relatives or friends.
I will prefix that I'm not attempting to open a debate or solicit legal advice. Rather my question is just how far can an employer go to control an employee's personal life and choices outside the workplace? It's a bold attempt to force employee loyalty at the expense friends, family or duty to government/country (whether that be military service, or cooperating with an investigation that may conflict with the company's interests).