Overnight Open Thread

drcordell2/18/2010 8:08:26 am PST

re: #417 Alouette

I worked for many years as a contractor at Ford. I worked on Ford projects, in a Ford building, using Ford equipment, wearing a Ford ID, and had an email address ending in

But my paycheck was issued by the contracting agency, who also provided my benefits, therefore I was a contractor.

Right. You were employed by a third party, who then was contracted by Ford to provide work. That’s perfectly legitimate. The situation described in the article, and what I experienced firsthand is different. I was working directly for CBS, using their equipment at their offices, scheduled full time 40+ hours a week. And they labeled me a “contractor” to avoid paying any payroll taxes, or to provide me with any overtime pay or benefits. It’s wrong, and illegal.