RE: employment law, overtime

Subject: RE: employment law, overtime
From: "Sam Beard" <sbeard -at- oico -dot- com>
To: "Fred Ridder" <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 15:36:11 -0600

Fred and Others,



I wasn't aware of the Microsoft case (I was either still in school or
serving in the Air Force at the time, so I didn't follow such things),
but the NPR story made it out as something that is picking up steam and
popularity with companies. Perhaps they've discovered some loophole that
allows them to do this now? It certainly seems a rather underhanded way
of doing business and shows a definite lack of concern for employees,
IMHO. But, then again, mayhaps that's why I'm not a manager! ;-P



Samuel I. Beard, Jr.

Technical Writer

OI Analytical

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sbeard -at- oico -dot- com



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From: Fred Ridder [mailto:docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com]
Sent: Thursday, January 24, 2008 12:18 PM
To: Sam Beard
Subject: RE: employment law, overtime



Some states have had major crack-downs on this because a few big
companies were seriously abusing the practice. For a number of
years, it was virtually standard policy at Microsoft untile the
Washington
State Labor Commission stomped on them. And the size and visibility
of the Microsoft case led to a lot of other states following
Washington's
lead (payroll and unemployment taxes were at stake) and also to the
IRS paying a lot more attention to people claiming self-employment
status.

> Subject: RE: employment law, overtime
> Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 11:01:02 -0600
> From: sbeard -at- oico -dot- com
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
>
> All,
>
> Related to this discussion is a news story I heard on NPR last night
> on the way home. Apparently, an emerging trend among some businesses
is
> "hiring" an employee as a "permalancer". This means the employee is
> brought on full-time to the company, but without many (or all) of the
> benefits of a regular full-time employee and some of the disadvantages
> of a freelancer. They interviewed someone that was hired on as a
> "permalancer" copywriter at an ad agency, but was given lower benefits
> and pay, along with the decreased level of job security (such as it is
> anyway) of a regular full-time employee. The report cited among the
> benefits to the companies as lower health insurance and worker's
> compensation costs, as well as no responsibilities for unemployment
> payments if they have to let the employee go for some reason. All of
> this sounds like, to me, another way that businesses are only paying
> attention to the bottom line and not to how the people that help them
> achieve that bottom line are being treated to get there.
> Just thought I'd throw that out there for discussion.
>
> Have a great day, one and all!
>
> Samuel I. Beard, Jr.
> Technical Writer
> OI Analytical
> 979 690-1711 Ext. 222
> sbeard -at- oico -dot- com
>
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