HR has a policy for my place of employment that basically states no employee can take supplemental income from specific types of employers that would constitute a conflict of interest. And that we must get authorization prior to accepting supplemental income from those employers. (And, obviously, that we cannot use company time or resources for any outside work, etc.)
This week, HR revised this policy to state that we must report any supplemental income and get management's approval for said income, even if it happens on personal time and is not a conflict of interest. Violation of this policy is "grounds for discipline, up to and including discharge." So now, we have to get approval for any supplemental income, whether it fits within their specific cases of conflict of interest or not. (So before, if I worked for a competing entity, I'd need to get approval. Now, if I want to work for a completely unrelated, non-competing entity, I still must get approval.)
Is it standard practice for an employer to demand to know if we have a second job, and to make our employment contingent on their approval of that secondary income?
I totally understand firing someone for using company time, company computers or office equipment, company phone, etc., to do work for another employer. But to demand the right to "veto" our ability to take a second job on nights or weekends seems a bit much to me. I feel like this policy is seeking way too much information on what we do with our personal time.