Can my new employer make me quit my current part-time jobs?

I work 2 part-time casual jobs one on a saturday as a support worker for 6 hours and one some days during school holidays as a facilitator or personal assistant on a playscheme.

I have been offered full-time work as a teaching assistant which is 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday to Friday, term time only. Can the new job force me to quit my casual jobs? They said that I need to ask permission but I do not understand why I could not keep the 2 jobs if they do not affect me working Monday to Friday. If they can do that, can I say I will only take the job if they allow me to continue working the other jobs?

Asked on June 21, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Alaska

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yes, your employer can do this. The fact is that most employment is "at will" which means that a company can set the conditions of work much as it sees fit. This includes prohibiting an employee from outside employment. That is true unless this action violates the terms of an employment contract or union agreement. Also, it cannot constitute some form of legally actionable discrimination. For their part, an employee can either comply with their employer's policy, refuse and risk termination, or quit. Bottom line, your employer can mandate that you quit your part-time jobs and it need not explain to you why.


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