Why is it that companies can reserve the right to regulate managers conversing with employees outside of work?

UPDATED: Dec 4, 2011

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Why is it that companies can reserve the right to regulate managers conversing with employees outside of work?

Long story short I will become an long distant relative of an employee at work. Meaning 4th cousin or more distant. How can a company say that conversing with this person outside of work is against policy and furthermore, a policy they can even have? As long as we are not in the same department nor treating each other differently at work I see no problem in it.

Asked on December 4, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Wisconsin


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

It doesn't matter, unfortunately, whether you see any problem with it or not.

A company does not have to hire you, or indeed, to create any jobs or have any number of employees--it is voluntary on the part of companies to have jobs and hire people. Since it is voluntary, they have the right to set terms and conditions on employment--such as not allowing out-of-work communication. Anyone who does not wish to abide by those rules can seek other employment...but if you want to work here, you have to follow the rules the company lays out.

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