[Background: K works as a temporary worker at a local company. When a company hires temp workers, there is a contract signed which tells them how long they must wait to hire the person full-time if they wish to do so. The employee is not actually employed by the company where he or she works, but employed by the temp agency.* K has worked through the temp agency for quite some time and long enough that he was asked to apply to work full-time.]
He came home yesterday to tell me that the company has told him that he is now hired. I rejoiced! Finally he can have medical insurance! "Not so fast", I was told. It seems he was hired by the company as a "seasonal employee". Now this is not the type of job that one would traditionally call seasonal so I was confused. It seems that, back in January when K was hired as a temp worker at this place, the company also hired some employees who they called "seasonal". Those "seasonal" workers - the ones who worked out - are now being hired full-time. There are now "seasonal" positions open so that is what K and some others are being hired as.
The company is probably not paying any more than they were for these workers when they were temp workers - though K will be making $1 more an hour - because the company still doesn't have to provide benefits for "seasonal" employees.
Yeah. Sounds like there is some sort of poorly-worded legislation which allows companies like this to take advantage of people, doesn't it? I'm sure it's entirely "legal" but it sure seems unethical to me! As it stands, I will be checking into the PA labor laws because I smell a rat here and it wouldn't hurt to check!
I had really hoped that K could finally get some health insurance but it looks like this won't be happening for at least another 6 months until he is hired full-time. The worst part is there is absolutely nothing we can do about it except continue to hope that he stays well and uninjured!
*Some companies like to hire temp workers because if they don't like a worker - for any reason at all - they can tell the temp agency not to send that person back. There are some other obvious benefits, too, such as not having to pay for benefits for these workers and such. Of course the worker can request to be placed on another job if he or she wishes so there are some cons, as well, though I really believe the company makes out better in this situation.
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