Can an employer ask employees to provide a collection of names and contacts for potential sales leads on their off hours?

We are being mandated to come up with at least ten potential contacts during our off hour and turning these reports in to our management team on a weekly basis. I am in sales but feel what I do and who I speak to on my off hours is not their business. Nor am I comfortable turning in names and contact information of friends and family to my employer.

Asked on July 8, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Massachusetts

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Your employer can ask his or her employees to provide names and contacts for potential leads during the employee's off hours. However, under the laws of all states in this country, the employee is not required to do so for his or her employer.

The rationale is that the request is not directly related to the employee's scope of work and infringes upon the employee's off hour time and personal life.


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