How do you respond when your employee asks if it’s okay for them to get a second job in addition to their full-time position at the university? The answer to this question will depend on whether or not the second job conflicts with your employee’s work at the university. Use the following information to determine if outside employment is appropriate and, if so, what process should be followed.
Outside Employment Defined
Outside employment is defined as any activity such as, but not necessarily limited to, consulting, advising, testing or assaying, performing analyses or examinations, the practice of one's profession, or similar work performed in addition to the official responsibilities of a full-time university employee. Most outside employment includes compensation, but some volunteer activities may also be included.
When Outside Employment is Permitted
An employee may accept outside employment as long as their outside employment and volunteer activities will not create a real or perceived conflict of interest or a conflict of commitment. These activities must also not interfere with an employee’s full and proper performance of their university employment.
Before an employee is allowed to accept outside employment, they must submit the appropriate documentation:
- Exempt employees will complete a form via the University of Texas System Outside Activity Portal.
- Non-exempt employees who are authorized to execute or award contracts or other financial transactions on behalf of the University also complete a form via the Outside Activity Portal.
- Non-exempt employees without these financial job duties must complete the Staff Annual Request for Outside Employment form and gain proper approval.
- Faculty and research staff must complete the appropriate form via the Outside Activity Portal. More information on HOP 5-2011 can be found on the Provost’s website.
Outside employment requests should be approved at the beginning of each new fiscal year.
Approving a Staff Annual Request for Outside Employment
If your non-exempt employee (without financial job duties) wants to seek outside employment, ask them to complete the Staff Annual Request for Outside Employment. You should review the form and determine whether or not the outside employment situation meets your approval. Forms should be uploaded to Workday in your workers Personal, Documents section. If you have concerns about whether or not to approve the request, contact your Strategic Workforce Solutions HR Consultant at 512-475-7200.