See the moonlighting from any side of view

Further a discussion with an IT Manager, there is a term that draws me to find out more about the “moonlighting”.

There is a company that has been providing engineering software is quite expensive but have not felt the need to do “audit moonlighting”.

But there are also companies that have been caring and perform various steps for the prevention and even carry out “audits moonlighting”.

What “moonlighting” is seen from different point of view?

  • What moonlighting?
  • Moonlighting Law & Legal Definition?
  • Moonlighting & Professionalism?
  • Moonlighting and ethics?
  • Can you fire a worker who is moonlighting for a competitor?
  • Is moonlighting a dischargeable offense?
  • Audit of moonlighting and corporate risk issues?
  • GUIDELINE Professional Engineering Practice?
  • Beware the moonlighting employee: What you don’t know may hurt you.
  • Moonlighting as interview?

Moonlighting (TV series)

Moonlighting (Picture courtesy:

Moonlighting is an American television series that aired on ABC from March 3, 1985, to May 14, 1989. The network aired a total of 66 episodes (67 in syndication as the pilot is split into two episodes). Starring Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd as private detectives, the show was a mixture of drama, comedy, and romance, and was considered to be one of the first successful and influential examples of comedy-drama, or “dramedy”, emerging as a distinct television genre.

The show’s theme song was performed by jazz singer Al Jarreau and became a hit. The show is also credited with making Willis a star, while providing Shepherd with a critical success after a string of lackluster projects. In 1997, the episode “The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice” was ranked #34 on TV Guide’s 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time. In 2007, the series was listed as one of Time magazine’s “100 Best TV Shows of All-Time.

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Holding another job at night, often one of a sketchy nature.

Maybe if Jane didn’t wear such…..  clothing, people wouldn’t believe that she was moonlighting as a……

(By Victoria on February 14, 2005 at , read on 26/11/2014 13:37)

Professionalism & Moonlighting

— “ moonlighting “ —

The practice of doing paid work in addition to one’s regular employment.

In American usage, moonlighting can refer to

  • a high school music teacher who gives private lessons,
  • a doctor who takes on shifts at multiple locations, or
  • a software developer who spends after-work hours on a startup.

In some cases, moonlighters seek extra income.

For others, the opportunities for professional and personal development make moonlighting appealing; still others use it as an opportunity for innovation, to experiment with new ideas.

Moonlighting may be necessary, even admirable, for some.

However, when professionals undertake additional work as professionals, they encounter ethical (and legal) risks.

Professionals may come into a conflict of interest, if their ‘moonlighting’ activities conflict with their goals of their employer, or if moonlighting influences their performance as employees.

Some contracts have moonlighting clauses, assigning ownership of work undertaken outside of the workplace.

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Moonlighting Law & Legal Definition

Moonlighting is a term used to refer to holding a second job outside of normal working hours. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, about 7 to 8 million Americans — about 5+ percent of all workers — work multiple jobs.

Moonlighting while working for a private employer is governed by the policies of the employer.

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Moonlighting as interview

The CEO of the company GroupTalent, Manuel Medina, proposes that moonlighting is a better alternative to interviews for software professionals.

Instead of coming in for an interview, an applicant is placed in contact with a current development team that is working on a real project for the company. In addition to the applicant’s “day job,” the applicant uses moonlighting time to get exposed to the work the company does, as well as the culture of the development team they would work with.

If the company is pleased with the work the applicant has done, and the applicant is comfortable with the work and culture of the company, the hire is made.

Medina notes that many companies still think of moonlighting as a type of “treason” but the current economic situation has made more companies willing to entertain the idea of hiring people this way.

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The first step in avoiding the potential problems

The first step in avoiding the potential problems is to have an open dialogue between the firm and its professional staff regarding the firm’s expectations and potential exposures.

Hopefully , mutual respect between employees and the firm will prevent moonlighting , particularly when employees understand some of the involved risks both to themselves and reviews their employers.

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The Employee Code of Conduct & Guidance in assessing the Moonlighting

Organization should immediately clarify and establish The Employee Code of Conduct – Moonlighting  and through supporting procedures, systems, documents and forms to provide guidance to managers and supervisors in assessing whether moonlighting is appropriate.

(Reference/read more: ottawa,ca , read on 26/11/2014 15:12)

Moonlighting Document

Firm may require their professional staff to sign a document (hereinafter referred to as “Moonlighting Document”) as evidence that each employee understands and consents to the firm policy prohibiting moonlighting as a condition of employment at the firm.

The Moonlighting Document should explicitly require employee acknowledgment that while employed by the firm, the employee shall perform services exclusively for the firm.

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Some personal opinion:

  • “Most employers do not want their employees doing moonlighting work because ANY work you do for another entity exposes your employer to litigation, despite the fact that you are doing the work for another entity. And their insurance provider may not (and probably will not) insure them against work you did outside of their corporate structure.”

(by rholder98 on discussion of Moonlighting and ethics at


  • “I’m most likely the most vocal about my belief that moonlighting for an engineer is practically impossible to do in an ethical manner.

Even there is no current conflict what about potential future conflicts? Perhaps someday your employer will be involved in a project where the moonlighting employer would be sitting across the table, perhaps using your work product.

How would you respond if the current employer was arguing against the validity of your work project? Perhaps not even the current employer but someone else on that project team.

Where would your loyalties lie in that case?

(By Rick Kitson MBA P.Eng on discussion of Moonlighting and ethics at



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