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August 15, 20220
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Foremost, we hope that the one who invented the idea of work is fully regretted now! 

It is a reality that a human needs to work in order to survive in this world. Sadly, you cannot buy coffee with a smile. But there seems to be a detachment between the work we can do, to the compensation we need to buy goods and services. As the prices of houses has risen to the roof in the last years, fruits and vegetables have turned to a luxurious treat, and don’t even make me start on the price of electricity of turning on the A/C in these scorching summer days, people are constantly considering options to increase their sources of income.

Disclaimer: We are not advocating for having more than one job. But in case you want or have to, we hope this blog provides you with the legal implications of doing it (and some bonus organization tips).

Can I have two jobs at the same time?

 

Short answer: Yes. 

Lawyer’s answer: It depends.

If you usually carry out your work in Albania, the Labor Code is the law that regulates and governs the conditions of employment. An employment contract is an agreement between the employee and the employer, which regulates the employment relationship and contains the rights and obligations of the parties. 

Article 26 of the Labour Code stipulates an obligation of faithfulness, to safeguard the legitimate interests of the employer. This means that the employee has the positive obligation to not perform any work that would damage the employer or make competition to him or her. If this is not the case, and you have not signed an employment contract that is legally binding and forbids you from working two jobs, then there is no reason to panic, and you can continue with your moonlighting.

Moonlighting refers to holding a second job outside of normal working hours. It is not regulated explicitly by the Albania legislative, leaving it in the framework of internal policies. Therefore, it may vary by employer if they allow a secondary employment. Insofar as the policy doesn’t require disclosure and/or approval, you aren’t legally required to inform your employer about a second job.

So the first step to take if you are thinking about getting a second job is consulting your employment contract (you can even ask a lawyer at Legit .alto assist you with that), if there is a prohibition to work two jobs, or if the company has a policy against moonlighting.

Assuming there is no conflict of interest, and it does not affect your performance in your main job, then there cannot be ground for forbidding an employee from working a second job. 

First job + Second job = Taxes?

 

If you want to work two jobs, you should submit DIVA (not Beyoncé’s song!).

What is DIVA?

 

DIVA, also known as the Annual Individual Income Statement (AIIS) is a self-declaration form completed on behalf of the Tax Administration, for tax declaration purposes, by:

  • Individuals, residents in the Republic of Albania, who realize taxable income more than 2 000 000 (two million) ALL, in the territory of the Republic of Albania and abroad.
  • Non-resident individuals, who generate taxable income more than 2,000,000 (two million) ALL, with a source in the Republic of Albania.
  • Individuals employed by more than one employer, regardless of their income level.

 

Can I get fired for having a second job?

 

Yes – but you can get fired at any moment, whether you work one or five jobs. 

Moonlighting is not only prohibited, but if you are found to be working a second job, employers have the right to fire you for breaching any written policies or agreements.  Even if you are not stealing trade secrets or customers, if your second job is in the same field as your primary job, it could appear that you are working for a competitor, and therefore, sharing trade secrets. 

So, to avoid any perceived conflicts of interest, be very careful about who you choose to work for at your second job. 

To sum up, these are the strict no-no situations that may risk getting you fired:

  • If you start your own business or work for a company that competes with your current employer while performing essentially the same tasks for them, you’ll probably be fired or told to stop the competing activities (hello – conflict of interest). If you use company resources or property for another job
  • If the second job leads to diminished productivity or performance on your other job (GetLegal blog – cite/paraphrase)

If things are vague, understand that under the Albanian law, an employee (excluding those that have  written employment agreement or are government workers) can be fired at any time, with or without cause. As a result, you can be fired about pretty much anything if you think about it.

How to balance working 2 jobs at once

If you have the green light to go for two jobs, then the next order of business is “How to do it?”. It is not an easy task to have a work-life balance if ⅔ of your day are dedicated to just work (hence, it is a wrong use of the word balance). 

  • Manage your schedules – successfully manage your time, and organize your tasks for either jobs. Communicate with your employers about your availability, to not risk your meetings overlapping with each-other, and plan your time off with both your employers to fully rest and charge.
  • Work-life balance: Dedicate a time of your day only to your personal life, being that family, relationships, health, or self-care. That time should only be allocated to these specific things, and do not even think about working.

While it’s technically legal to work two jobs at once in Albania, do go to Legit to consult a lawyer and review your employment contracts to understand the legal risks. And if you want to be stress-free and have zero jobs at all, go to legit and draft your resignation letter in less than 5 minutes.

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