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  •  And no unemployment or workers' comp, either. (6+ / 0-)

    I have a friend who tries to make a living as a home healthcare aide. Her referral agency has her set up as an "independent contractor."

    1. If you lose your client/patient--she dies, moves into a nursing home, whatever--you don't get unemployment benefits.

    2. If you get hurt on the job, you don't get workers' comp.

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 09:30:34 AM PDT

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    •  It's the same (4+ / 0-)
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      Egalitare, JanL, HeyMikey, antirove

      in many other fields. They are also driving wages down because this companies steal each other contracts by being cheaper on account of making their "contractors" XIX century sweat shop workers. They quarter the hours to the "contractors" but charge them full, they don't want pay anything for displacements even if the jobs are hours away, they ask people to pay for their training, to pay for their "uniforms" ....

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