A Massachusetts case highlights the potential consequences of misclassifying an employee as an independent contractor. In the case, the plaintiff had applied for a quality assurance engineer position several times. His applications were rejected but he accepted a chance to work as an independent contractor for 60 days, which was then extended for another 90 days. He was paid $65/hour (much higher than comparable employees were paid) but did not receive paid leave, overtime, or any other company benefits.
September 30, 2009
Lincoln, NE and Flint, MI have an interesting connection: They are the two cities in the United States with the greatest difference between the number of employers expecting to add workers in the next quarter and how many expect to let them go. That's very good news in Lincoln, and very bad news in Flint.
In Lincoln, over 20% of employers plan to hire soon, and only 4% plan to layoff–a net difference of 17 percentage points. In Flint, where the economy has had an exaggerated impact on unemployment, pretty much the opposite is true – 26% of employers are
planning cuts to payroll and 9% are expecting to hire.
Manpower surveyed 28,000 employers across the nation's 201 metropolitan statistical areas, as defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. It measured what percentage expect to be hiring in the next quarter, between October and December of this year, what percentage expect to be firing, and then tallied the difference as “net employment outlook.”
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