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Everyday Ethics: Side Hustles and Supplemental Income

Did you know that 58% of Americans consider a side hustle to supplement income1?  Having a side business, second job, or “moonlighting” as it’s often called, may be acceptable while working for the Company, as long as you take some precautions and follow our Company policy:

  • The other employer is not a competitor, customer, supplier or vendor of the Company;
  • You continue to meet the performance standards of your job and the Company’s scheduling requirements;
  • You do not perform work for other companies, individuals, or your own personal business during working time;
  • You do not use Company-provided property or technology to perform work for your second job; and
  • You comply with Department of Transportation (DOT) Hours of Service regulations or other applicable laws regarding maximum allowable working hours.

If you are covered under the DOT’s Hours of Service Regulations as part of your employment with Republic Services and hold an outside job(s), you must report all hours worked to the Company.

If these precautions aren’t taken, a side job may create a conflict of interest. This means your side job interferes or appears to interfere with the Company’s interest. If you believe you have real or perceived conflicts of interest, you must report it immediately to the Ethics & Compliance team so we can help you assess and mitigate potential risks.

Keep an eye out for more tips to help you make ethical decisions for yourself, for our customers, our community and our environment.

Want to learn more or have questions? Review our Code of Business Ethics and Conduct, or reach out to

We love to hear about employees who made the right choice when faced with an ethical dilemma, you can email your story to and it may be featured in a future communication.

1 American Staffing Association Workforce Monitor® online survey conducted by The Harris PollOne