A small splash was made recently when a Sacramento television news station reported that the California Department of Public Health had issued a memo to furloughed employees that they should consider taking a second job at Target or Macys.
It seemed the government workers at the DPH didn’t like the idea of being told to moonlight at local retailers. And who can blame them.
Only that’s not really the way it happened. (I know, hard to believe a local television news report might have misinterpreted something and then blown it all out of proportion.)
Nonetheless, this provides a few valuable lessons for both employers and employees when circumstances are such that secondary employment may become necessary.