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Keystrokes question RE: vacation time.

Posted By: No Name on 2007-12-03
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Is vacation time offered only to FT employees.... or do they offer it to PT employees as well?

Thank you.

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It is Lkeystrokes@aol.com but she is on vacation through next week. sm

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time.  Why would you assume this is not legal?  I don't work there, but it seems to me that this would be explained as part of the employment process and if the MT doesn't like that, then they wouldn't accept the job, right?


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I think she is just saying she landed a job with them and a bennie is 2 weeks paid vacation.
That is not much when MT's required to use those days for sick, vacation, and holidays.

So don't plan a vacation, or get sick, or want off any holidays for to spend with family.  11 days are just not enough for a year's work for any company.  The office staff, I am sure, get to take a vacation, or sometimes sick, and are off holidays to be with their families. 

Why do at-home MT's get treated like this when we are paid on production and have to really PUSH to get a decent living, and then not be respected the same as an office employee.  We produce piece work !   

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