issues with working for 2 companies
just trying to figure out the legal implications here....
IANAL but your own time is your OWN time unless stipulated.
Legally, you'll have to ask a lawyer. You may have employment laws in your area that apply (you don't say where you live, and I wouldn't know anyway). Additionally, you may have signed a contract with your employer about outside work.
Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
i live and work in the sf bay area...
>>IANAL ? IMHO variant i guess!
Did you not sign some sort of employment agreement? If company B is in the same business as company A, then there is a possibility of conflict of interest. Tech employers typically require you to sign an agreement that you will not work for certain classes of employers (e.g., customers, suppliers) even after you quit (for a limited period of time). You need to investigate this carefully. Like other posters, IANAL.
Read everything you signed when you went to work for company "A". If you did not agree to exclusivity you should be clear. I would be surprised however, if somewhere in there you did not. Almost all companies have it in the boiler plate, where you agreed to abide by the employee handbook (having never read it). There on page 320 paragraph 11 it says you will be available to the company full time or some vague such language.
Well, duh, just ask both companies if they have any objections.
Even if there is no explicit clause in your contract which forbids working for another company at the same time in the same industry you might still fall foul because there is an implied trust which goes along with the contract, working for another company may be a conflict of interest which can also be a breach of trust and confidentiality.
As others have written, read your contract.
The Pedant, Brent P. Newhall
you are not really standing on shaky ground. just don't tell your employer about your moonlighting. there are no issues, people have been moonlighting to make extra money for ages. which brings up the real question: why bother moonlighting if you aren't making any extra money? an pure equity situation is almost always a waste of time, especially in the bay area.
the idea would be to work (~ 6months) with a group of people developing a new product and getting some customers to use it. if we are successful, then get some outside funding and join the company full-time.
point taken! i do know that things are iffy etc. with the approach i'm taking, esp. the payback part. even if nothing else comes of it, i'm hoping it'll be a learning experience to do some development outside of work. think it'll also get me started in doing some independent development at home.
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