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Equifax said it fired employees for working as many as 3 jobs at once in an internal operation known as 'Project Home Alone'

Business Insider logo Business Insider 10/13/2022 lvaranasi@insider.com (Lakshmi Varanasi,Kate Taylor,Jack Newsham)
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  • Equifax recently fired 24 of its own employees for holding two jobs.
  • A handful of the employees reported having three jobs simultaneously.
  • Equifax used its own employment-tracking product to identify and investigate its employees.

Credit-reporting firm Equifax fired 24 of its own employees for holding more than one job, according to a report by Insider.

Equifax used its own product, The Work Number, to identify employees and contractors it suspected were using their remote status to work double duty for other companies. The Work Number contains employment records like weekly pay and work history for employees at 2.5 million companies across the country, according to Insider's review. 

In one instance, an employee admitted to additional full-time employment at another large company, noting that he also had a third job performing nursing work on the weekends, according to Equifax spokesperson Kate Walker.  

When the employee appeared on camera for his interview with Equifax — which was conducted during the company's regular business hours — it was clear he was sitting in a medical center environment. Medical professionals wearing scrubs walked in and out of the room behind the employee during the video call, Walker told Insider by email. 

Walker also told Insider by email that Equifax terminated an employee for holding three jobs at once. That employee had one part-time position that Equifax knew about, but another that he didn't disclose and actually did from Equifax's office.

Walker wrote that the employee's full-time position conflicted with their work at Equifax. Ultimately, they were terminated for bringing the other company's laptop into the Equifax offices and performing work for that organization from an Equifax office.

She added, "While neither of these jobs creates a conflict of interest with Equifax's business, these employees were working additional jobs that required an hourly commitment, in some cases a second full-time job, that would render them unable to fulfill their full-time commitment to Equifax employment."

As Insider noted, working from home appears to have led to a surge in workers doubling up on jobs, with more than two-thirds of remote employees surveyed in 2021 saying they had multiple jobs.

Read the full Insider story here.

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