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If you choose employee status, there is not that much freedom..sm

Posted By: Times have changed on 2009-04-17
In Reply to: Do you love, like, hate your job? - Considering

These days, most companies make you punch time clocks and want you to demonstrate 8 hours within a certain window, sometimes 12, sometimes 8 hours. With the larger companies, gone are the good-old days where your full-time status was based on your productivity. It's a shame. I work for Webmedx and would love to get out of this business, but now is not the time for me to do so. Good luck.

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Have to choose IC over Employee?? ....sm
Hi!  Well, after all the testing, thinking, interviewing, etc., I find myself really torn apart.  I have wonderful job offers with fine companies, but the problem is that, at this time, I have too much family obligations to truly commit to employee status....my dad just passed away two months ago, and I am having to care PT for my 89-year-old mom, along with my 3 kids, and with all this going on, I can commit to working long-term and PT hours all through the week, some weekends, but really need FLEXIBILITY, and cannot sacrifice family time for $$$.  I have been doing this for 16+ years, but with my father's long, drawn-out death, I find I have to, in all conscience, spend as much time with my family (what really matters), but help out my husband with finances steadily.....do any of you ladies have suggestions for good IC companies where I can work hard, have experience in EVERY field, and still be able to BE THERE for my poor mom and family?  Thanks everyone so much in advance!!  
Thanks, I think employee status though
I applied 2 months ago and checked the ad again on their website. The hours stink. SO, I'll go and see what they offer, but not sure. Hours, days are Monday, Thurs,Fri,Sat, Sun. 3 to 11:30 pm, then Sat and Sun 7am to 3:30pm. YUCK! I don't remember those hours from when I applied that long ago! Am curious to see what they offer though. Will post after I find out. Job is in Minnesota, Twin Cities metro, but will be home-based.
0.738 cpl actually if employee status sm
To figure out what a line rate would be for employee status - you just subtract 7.65% from the IC line rate.  My neighbor is an HR specialist and teaches the tax classes at a bank here.  She said the only difference is that you pay the 7.65% FICA instead of the employer paying it.  There are so many ignorant people out there saying you pay 30% more - you don't.  You pay the same, plus the above amount - for me equals about 28% total, not 30% additional. 
No they are not IC. Employee status
and I believe 1,000 lines is FT. No pressure. Very easy going. Not sure of benefits yet. Not sure if you can be IC or not.

I am FT and plan to stay FT and can easily do 1,000 but struggle with 1,2000 because of lack of work and crap I am stuck with because of cherrypicking the work.

They pay less than I am making now and cannot really afford to go just yet.

Also they count spaces and headings for line count.

FT & PT - employee status - sm
I work for them too and love it there.  The specialties they are hiring for are probably Ortho and Onc.  Great place to work, nice people.  Very happy.
Employee status

Amphion has all employee-status positions.

Employee status only. nm

Employee status?
Does ScribeRight offer employee status or just IC? Thanks.
Employee Status?
Do they offer regular employee status?
No employee status, IC or SE...SM
and absolutely no benefits I don't care what state you live in. Horrible dictators, 90% ESL.....office staff is great, pay always on time and there is usually plenty of work.
Employee Status?
Do they hire ICs or employee status as well? Do they hire remote transcriptionists or local only? Do you furnish all of your own equipment? Thanks!
The TH QA is employee status.
They have employee status as well.
IC to employee status
Would appreciate any recommendations for companies to check out that offer IC or SE status with the option of becoming an employee with benefits if things work out. Been burned too many times to jump ship anymore without testing the waters first. Looking for acute care and/or radiology. Thanks.
my employee status seems to be different...
I get paid $21/h plus incentive. My employee status seems to be different from those below. We do not have to produce by line because we ACTUALLY get paid by the hour. Minimum is 75 minutes per 8-hour shift, 50 cents incentive (I wish it was more) after the 75 minutes. If there is no work, we still get paid $21/h. We are backed up by a union who renews/ratifies our contract every three years with the hospital. Of course, if we wanted to, we could figure out how many lines we actually type an hour but we don't need to. Our MTs used to work in the hospital before they sent us home to save money. I admit, because of this benefit, I slack every now and then to watch TV or do laundry knowing I get a set pay every two weeks, but in order for us to stay qualifed to work at home, we need to meet the minimal requirement of 75 productive minutes, which is actually not hard to do. With that said, if we say, lose electricity, we can use 1-hour downtime. After that, we have one hour to get to the office to continue our work.

We had an earthquake in Hawaii a couple of weeks ago resulting in total black out on all islands (Oahu 16 hours). Some of the MTs took PTO, some made up time on another day.
Employee Status
You might actually end up with a little more if you type the same number of lines/reports since you only have to pay half your taxes and FICA but remember then no deductions either.
IC status vs. employee

IC means different things to different companies.  I was an inhouse (employee) at a local company doing both rad and acute care, mainly rad.  Due to supervisor's pets not pulling their weight and management's refusal to hire help for growing accounts, me and one other coworker were stuck working all the time.  Every time I left the house for an errand, dinner, etc., and got on the computer, I had Yahoo instant messages waiting on me like ARE YOU THERE?,  Where are you?! We need your help! These jobs are out of turnaround time and Ms. X from ABC hospital is complaining!  Regardless of the fact I worked late, sometimes till 4 a.m., I was not appreciated.  I finally decided this was not worth 8 cents per line and left there.  Both as an employee and as an at-home IC, I was done dirty numerous times and had my pay docked once because another MT was sick and left me to do her (backed up) work.  Just because it was my weekend, when the account complained I was docked.  I started looking for another job that very hour.  

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Employee status
You are an employee when they pay your taxes, and then if you use their computer, they own you......
Employee vs. IC status
I agree with the not-so-great aspects of IC status...I'm single, what if I get disabled, or laid off, or any number of different scenarios...you have NO PROTECTION then...there is a reason all the labor unions battled for these kinds of worker protections! If you have got back up then maybe IC is a good thing...but if you are on your own...not so sure...
Is this for IC or employee status?
It sounds like their ER accounts are for employee status, or do they offer IC? They seem like a good company from what I've read. Good luck!
If you are employee status, can you...sm
say what the benefits cost, time off, etc. is.   Thanks very much.
Employee status only
Have you read the MQ board?? Are you sure you want to do this?? 
I had always been employee status and had never been an SE or IC before.. (sm)

I did like the freedom of being able to basically set my own schedule.  But I was so used to having taxes taken out and having the benefits and realized after I took the job that I just wasn't going to make enough money to cover my own insurance policy. It was a great company. I think if it had been at a different point in my life it might have worked out.  But I had just left Medquist and was deeply in debt because all my accounts at MQ dried up and I was getting no work. I decided to go with Keystrokes then and I'm glad I did because they take out my taxes, I have benefits again AND they are very flexible. I know there are a lot of SE's and IC's that are very happy...it just wasn't for me at that particular time.

No ICs -- employee status only.
Employee status only. nm
All employee status
They are hiring for full-time status with great benefits.
Are you IC or employee status? nm
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I sued the company which was national at the time along with 10 other MTs. Yes, the time sheets were altered but I had the originals which were not tainted. I sued them for OT and downtime and won along with the other MTs. It can be done and companies will stop doing this to people.
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maybe depending on your state and their temporary disability plan you'd possibly be covered under that.  In my state it's 6 weeks maternity allowed.  I worked right up until the end with my kids so I could use my entire 6 weeks postpartum.  If you have to leave earlier with your doctors approval you can actually have the 6 weeks increased. 
employee status...sm
I do not work for an MTSO as an employee. I was actually hired by the HOSPITAL (union, 5 months pto in a year, sick leave, etc). Work is slow today for us also, but we are still getting paid with time and 1/2. Maybe you should apply at an actual hospital?
Employee status........sm
My pet peeve is when hired on as an employee, the minimal line count say for instance is 1200 lines.....BUT....they also require you to work 8 hours...A friend works as an employee for a large national, and she gets her 1200 lines in less than 8 hours....BUT...they still want her to type...To me, that is crazy.  Why don't they just pay hourly if that is the case....Asking for 8 hours AND a certain number of lines....i have never understood that...and this company does not EVEN offer benefits!!  I think all national companies are run by Idiots!
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Statutory Employee Status sm
Use Bayscribe platform.
Incentive will be for both IC and employee status. sm
I know that rates will be higher for ICs than employees but ICs do not have benefits. Toss up if you ask me. I did not need them until recently (thanks to divorce from a loser who quit his job rather than pay child support).
Whether MDI-FL hires IC or just employee status.
I am thinking of applying but only want IC right now. I am not really interested in being tied to a schedule or need the benefits. I like the flexibility that IC offers..Thanks
IC versus employee status

I am considering a job offer which will make me an employee after being IC status for the past 9 years.  This job is 2 cents/line lower than what I make as an IC.  I also have extra expense now with unlimited LD and equipment rental that I won't have as an employee.  I am concerned about dropping 2 cents/line, but without the headaches of dealing with taxes every year, it might be worth it.  Any thoughts from anyone who has gone from IC to employee?


they offer employee status only.
Unless they changed it
Employee status does not work 4 me

Difference between employee & IC status
Although I recognize some of the obvious differences between employee and IC status, could you be kind enough to point out more specific differences I may not be aware of?  Pros/cons?  Thank you.
You are an IC with JLG. They do not offer employee status.
You tell them your desired hours but they do expect you to work when you tell them you will.
Statutory Employee Status
Please, can someone tell me if there are transcription companies that offer remote MTs employee status w/medical benefits.  Is there such a thing as a Statutory Employee and what does this entitle us to?
I just got hired as an SE after being employee status for MQ (sm)

for many years..I'll be doing Radiology at $1.25 per report..



Are these cpl rates for employee or IC status? nm
IC status versus employee
I've been offered an IC position.  Any advice you can give would be great!!

First, both companies are offering me the same line rate.  What I'm pretty naive about are the tax portions.  Would I be paying out more in taxes as an IC as compared to a company taking them out as an employee?  If anybody lives in Pennsylvania, could you please let me know how much I would need to take out of each check to be safe at tax time?

Thanks so much! 
Another benefit of employee status over IC
Many people are uninsurable or have family members who are uninsurable if they were to try to get health insurance on their own. Getting it as an employee of a company is their only way to insure themselves. As long as there has not been more than a 63-day break in coverage, if you are an employee, not only does the insurance company have to accept you, they also have to accept all your preexisting conditions. Health insurance with most companies is not cheap anymore, but expensive insurance is better than no insurance.
Keystrokes is not IC status, only employee
and I can say, from my experience, that they really do have that much work. I have never ever even come close to running out in my year there, and they have gotten a ton of new accounts, as well as expanded ones that they already had. Also, not all accounts are on Meditech. I have 2 accounts; one on ExText and one on Chartscript. All of the accounts are different platforms depending on what the hospital or clinic uses.
Do any of you Escription MTs have employee status? If so, where?
Employee status = more security
There is an investment by the employer toward an employee through their unemployment insurance, all the recruiting and hiring costs, etc. As well, employers are bound by several state and federal regulations on interacting with employees.

A contract with an IC usually has a quit clause in it and, even if it doesn't, most ICs do not have the money to battle legally about a contract that was annulled. Easily broken.