Thursday, August 30, 2018

Paid parental leave matters: Microsoft requires 12 weeks of paid parental leave for its contractors employees

The new paid parental leave requirement was announced in the Microsoft's blog by Corporate VP  Dev Stahlkopf with the headline: Paid parental leave matters. Read the interesting comments by Nat Levy in Geekwire, the Seattle Times (Rachel Lerman). Probably more to come. Congratulations to Microsoft's management for moving in the right direction. Now the questions should be asked to other big high tech companies (Google, FB, Amazon, etc): what are your paid parental leave requirements for your contractors? Still unresolved for Microsoft's contractors employees, and it does count: the status of the public holidays (about 10 per year). They should be additional paid time off coming on top of the 'at least 15 days' presently required, not included within the 15 days of PTO.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Employees of security firms working for Google and Facebook, ignored by the high tech robber barons

This excellent article by Kate Conger in Gizmodo explains why despite having a union they cannot extract any concession from their employers while Google and Facebook, who should be considered joint employers, do nothing to implement requirements that would protect people working for them. Shame on them. It's exactly what happened to us: Lionbridge and the other contractors only changed their policies because Microsoft forced them to do something to keep their contracts. We were laid off when Microsoft had enough of us winning our charges of joint employment to NLRB. But Google nor FB can send away their security officers. If not publicly exposed and shamed they can keep ignoring the situation, letting their contractors exploit the people who take care of their security :(
Spread the shame until they do the right thing: change their requirements for their contractors.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Is Tech finally realizing that contractors employees need benefits too?

In Fast Company magazine, this article about how Survey Monkey changed its standards and benefits requirements for its contractors employees. If they can do it, all the big ones can and should have done it long time ago. Who is going to put the pressure on all? Progressive shareholders? Concerned journalists/media? 

Sunday, May 27, 2018

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About Silicon Valley but it could as well be Bellevue, Redmond and Seattle

From The Guardian.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Lionbridge mailed the settlement checks

Lionbridge mailed the settlement checks: many arrived on Saturday April 28. Let us know if you have not received yours.
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