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  > Norm; Microsoft just -lost- a battle in State Labor court, for want of a
  > better, more knowledgeable term, about how it compensates the contractors
  > who work there.  I forgot the exact details... but I recall they were
  I know the details!
  As a previous contractor this case was passed around and ballyhooed for quite
  some time in our circles. Microsoft and other big companies love to hire
  contractors because they pay a flat rate, don't have to do any paperwork for
  them, provide any benefits, deal with employee issues, plus, they can fire
  them whenever they want... (basically they've found their loophole into
  screwing workers into the next century)
  Anyhow, there was this group of contractors working for MS that was
  complaining that they didn't get all of these benefits of MS employees yet
  they did the exact same work, got the same cubicles, worked on the same
  machines, were the head of projects etc... they just didn't get health
  insurance, stock options etc.. So they sued, saying, we're MS employees! They
  won, and this is why...
  The government considers you an employee of the company you contract for if
  you meet three criteria
  1) The company you work for sets you salary or gives you bonuses. (MS must
  have been giving them bonuses) I can remember EDS at my last job tip-toeing
  around this point.
  2) I don't remember
  3) I don't remember
  Well, I know there were three, but my mind is failing me, it's been a while,
  I'll have to look for an article on this later.
  That's what it was though...
  > forced to pay a -lot- of money to a -lot- of contractors in the
  > settlement...
  > This appears to be merely an instance of "Lose the case, legalize the
  > action"
  > Regards,
  > Scott K. McGrath
  > mcgratts@ix.netcom.com
  > Norm wrote:
  > > On Tue, 16 Dec 1997 01:58:53 -0500 (EST), mj@creative.net wrote:
  > >
  > > >Here's something else Microsoft is up to. This is from the National
  > > >Writer's Union.
  > >
  > >  [forwarded message deleted]
  > >
  > >      Well it looks like M$ isn't againist ALL government intervention
  > > now does it.  Personally I find it absolutely outrageous that M$ and
  > > Boeing have been able to target those working with computers
  > > specifically.  Geezzz...if this isn't a case of government officials
  > > being bought and sold by an industry there's never been one...kinda
  > > makes my stomach turn.
  > >
  > >  ...Cheers,
  > >
  > >  ...Norm
  > >
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                         Christopher Pall
          Delphi Programmer & Western Michigan Student (CS)
                         Kalamazoo MI USA
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