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IC Paychecks-check with Fed Labor Dept

Posted By: Long time MT on 2008-09-23
In Reply to: Pay checks - bts-mt

Having been an IC for over 15 years and working for places where pay was sent when they felt like it (including 2 large hospitals in my area) I checked with the Federal Labor Department to see what my recource was.  Employers have 30 days from date of invoice to pay subcontractors/ICs, after that you have to send them a letter demanding payment.  You have no recourse as a self employed person.  I am happy where I am right now (as happy as I can be in this business) pay is always in my acct when it is supposed to be (except for Ike last week and we were kept apprised the whole time.)

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Every state's Dept. of Labor has...sm

rules and regulations re. unfair labor practices.  I don't just mean the BS with the IC and set schedule baloney.  What about:

1.  Requiring an employee to work a set schedule of hours, but not being paid for your time, just the actual lines produced during those hours.

2.  Being told during your set, scheduled shift/hours (which you're not being paid for, remember?) that, sorry, no work or work is slow, but you can't take the day off, because, what if everybody decided to take the day off.  Ergo, must sit glued to seat until work comes in.  Needless to say, line quota not able to be met in the specific schedule you're bound to but not paid for.

3.  Told at end of week you must make up line quota or, (take your choice):

a) Lose bennies for that month.

b) Expect a phone call (who is paying whose phone bill?  I know who's paying mine, and that's why the Almight invented voicemail).

c) You lose job w/o cause... it's in agreement, after all. Hire Indians or other US MTs who are desperate and who'll work for $0.01 less than you are.

d)  We take your first-born (That's next.. with what they are allowed to get by with).


Dept of Labor and All Other Agencies
PAYROLL ISSUES: Visit the web site of your state DOL. The federal DOL has hired 3,000 to handle the overflow of complaints. Complete paperwork for a complaint, send registered mail, then give them a followup call. They DO follow up.

EEOC: Discrimination by disability, age, gender, race, religion, etc. They have hired thousands of new mediators to handle case overload and are approving more cases for trial than ever before.

RETIREMENT FUND FRAUD: Visit the ERISA web site; they act fast and audit anonymously and take this issue absolutely seriously. They also represent you legally.

SOFTWARE LICENSING VIOLATIONS: Illegal software installed on your PC by employer can get YOU in trouble. Contact the BSA (Business Software Alliance) with any questions. They take online complaints either anonymously or, if you want to be placed on the reward list, they will audit your computer and if there is a licensing violation, reporters receive from $5,000 to $100,000 in rewards for reporting illegal or unlicensed software use. BSA investigates for Microsoft as well as any other proprietary NON-public software.

INSURANCE EXCLUSION/FRAUD: ERISA and state DOL. Also, look up the consumer protection agencies in your state; there may be an additional Insurance Commission.

Keep a diary, keep good, accurate records (dates, times, calls, emails); this information will prove to be priceless :)
Dept. of Labor phone number
For Labor Dept, your point of contact depends on where you live I believe. The number to start with is 866-444-3272. Good luck, and please post if you learn anything new. This has been going on for me for nearly a year and not resolved.
I guess my point about the Labor Dept....sm
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Called the labor board - LM overnited check after fooling around for a month or 2...nm
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I took prolonged maternity leave and would go back to OSi but only if they have a different QA Dept. since summer of 2005.  I never recommend OSI to anyone and I would never return unless that has changed. 


Where is the HR dept?
Sounds like you are from the QA Dept--
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Okay then BS, get it together. Your dept has been hit the hardest with
You might want to get busy.
So many QA people are getting fired, and she is still hiring replacements for them long before they have a clue that they are about to get the ax. She is not keeping anyone who knows more than she does.

Speaking of which, did you see the email about the account manager position? Only 2 years experience as an MT is required. Two years experience. Unbelievable! Cheap-cheap-cheap.

That is what is wrong with OSi. Nobody is qualified to do their uppity jobs, including the QA Director, except the MTs, who continue to lose work to India via outsourcing!!!!
If DOL is all your HR dept will take, then anyone stating here they could
Perhaps you should just give it up if you are not willing to call and/or see an attorney for yourself. lol

What companies use ADP for their HR dept? nm.
Why not call and ask the HR Dept???
Have you tried their payroll dept???
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Question for current QT employees who have their checks direct deposited but when are they due to go into the bank?  I have lost track of the DD dates after recently having moved and want to make sure that my check goes into the bank. I know check from the 15th went in approximately 7/21, but one of the office gals said hers was already posted and want to check before I call the office tomorrow  -- thanks
Did anyone ask if we would be getting our last paychecks at QT? sm
I totally forgot to ask if they would mail them out right away since we received little notice or if payday would be normal date or not at all? 
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JLG paychecks
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Cut them some slack, the company is growing quickly. It will take time for everything to fall into place. A previous poster said awhile back she would give them a 6-7 right now but is sure they will be a 9 to work for soon. I agree.

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I went into a radiology dept. for a few years.
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Don't know for sure but it is HUGE - so they must have an oncology dept.
Tell her to file a complaint with Dept SM
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rad dept at the hospital I worked at
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TT, hurry up and bring on all those monstrous accounts, because it is going to take those to keep the the influx of MT's you have hired in order for us current MTs to have work and ability to pay their bills!

Should be LOTS of KS' MTs' paychecks...nm
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Late paychecks

Small MTSO's sometimes use company funds to pay their personal bills as well, so if they have a lot of bills or something unexpected happens, there goes the payroll money! 

Well, all I have to say is they sign the paychecks
and if you don't like it find something else, but you never know, this may happen in a new job too.
Whatever it takes to keep our paychecks low
They put us on ISR so we'll be faster, then confuse us with multiaccount specifics x2.  By the time we get it all straight, the account leaves.  Its just a sneaky ploy to keep our production low as we have to stop and refer to account specifics and fiddle with QA picking at us.  Heaven forbid they should put 1 person on 1 account done a single way with 1 set of rules - she might get fast enough to actually make money.  Lets put 20 people on 10 accounts with 20 sets of rules, then nobody will make squat, except maybe QA.
Had many friends in the QA dept who all left about the same time.
AND...yes, I do believe them!
Call the medical records dept there. Sm
I did a bit of this account, too, but my primary was a sister hospital. Loved it.
Apply for OSI QA dept if you cain't spell
It depends on the dept. Ortho tests, rad and HIM used to sm
but now they do not. I did hear that there was no difference in those that tested than those that had the experience, so they decided not to test anymore in those 2 departments at least.

I do know that recruiting and hiring is always changing, trying to find new and better ways to process applicants. Not all changes work though, and they start over again.

If you have applied and not heard back, try calling Beth at the KS office. She has been processing the applications and question forms as quickly as possible but really does match everyone up well, which can take time!
etranz in GA is still bouncing paychecks. sm

I just got an email from a friend/former co-worker of mine who also worked for etranz in Georgia.  She had over $1000 in checks bounce.  It took her almost 3 months to get them, finally did and now they have bounced!  Please, if any of you MTs know of anyone who is looking for work, please be sure to steer them away from etranz.  They make their ads sound great with weekend incentives and higher line rates, but getting your paycheck is nearly impossible....and when you do get it - it may bounce. 

Please pass the word around about this unprofessional, unethical company!

RE: Breitner late paychecks

I have worked for BTS for 2 1/2 years now and NEVER has BTS been late with my check or deducted lines.  They pay for exactly what they said they would pay when I was hired.  You have to take into consideration the mail system.  BTS can't do anything about that.  Why didn't you opt for direct deposit?  It's a wonderful  and sure thing.  My money has ALWAYS been there on time every time. 

YES, BTS is hiring and I strongly recommend them.  I have been there for 2 1/2 years and have NEVER run out of work.  If I'm low (which is very rare) I'm given another account to help with.  The account manager is very understanding and accommodating if you have sick kids, appointments or whatever.  I've worked for sevral MT companies and I have to say this is the best one that I've found.  Thank you BTS .  Oh I must add, I have recieved a Christmas gift every year too along with something for MT week.