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I think the companies that DO require

Posted By: me on 2008-01-28
In Reply to: How many companies do not require you to fill out a time clock? NM - question

you to clock in and out are few. 

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Do any companies require less than 40 hpw for FT?
Companies should require MTs to have sm
a complete reference library as most newbies rely expressly on Google or the word help boards. This is where US MT quality has hit the skids in very recent years. The new MTs don't want to bother researching so they can't possibly realize the serious mistakes they continue to make.

All companies who require OT have to pay for it (sm)

If a company has enough work for OT, by law the employee has to record it and the company has to pay it (if the employee has been approved to work the OT).  Get everything in writing.  For MTs, OT is usually the normal cpl rate x 1.5 for OT lines, which equates to the same as time and a half as mandated by federal laws.

All companies I know of go back and forth between no work and gobbs of OT.  I don't know of any company that consistently is out of work or consistently requires OT.  Feast of famine in this industry.

What I said was that few companies do require it, so
most of them don't require it. 
There are some companies who only require
35 hours.  You might be able to get by with producing the minimal line counts though if it is a company that doesn't require you to clock in and out. 
A lot of companies only require line
which companies that don't require a set schedule? nm
Which companies will let/require me to use Shorthand? sm
I hope the mods will leave this since I've already researched and cannot find the answer on the job board.

I love ShortHand and have been building my Shorthand file for many years now. It's definitely tied to my ability to produce. I know of two companies that use it:

Webmedx - employees use Shorthand
Oracle - may use Shorthand (not sure if it's required).

Any others? And please let me know if required or optional. Thank you very much for your help!
Most companies require a certain quota be met
Even as an IC I committed myself to 180 reports a day. I do anywhere from 180-225. I did not sign a contract but did commit to it.
some companies require 1500 lpd -
To the companies that require cable or DSL

I have no access to cable and never will because of the area I live in.  I also have no access to DSL and do not know when that will happen, if ever.   Companies that required cable or DSL should know that they lose out on many experienced and qualified transcriptionists because of that requirement.  Like Diskriter--ever since I started job seeking a few weeks ago they have had post after post looking for transcriptionists.  I cannot apply because they need high speed internet.  What exactly needs the high speed?? Downloading voice files, uploading voice files.  I am curious.  I work for a company that I downloaded the voice files via internet, typed the files in Word and then uploaded them via internet site and/or FTP.  Easy to do and no high speed required.  Can anyone enlighten me?


I need a job like yesterday but my options are very limited.  I put a query on the board looking for companies that are okay with dialup and got only two names.  That is very disheartening.  Anyone out there with company names that do dialup still would be very appreciated.  Email me if you want, whatever, something.


Thank you all.

Most companies now require a weekend day. I
suggest posting your resume on the various job boards in addition to looking at the ads posted. 
Most companies these days require
employees to work at least 1 weekend day. T think any of them would be delighted to have someone who wanted to work both.
Companies who do not require set hours?
I am in need of an IC position that does not require set hours.  I am presently working for a company that I told I would be on line anywhere between 3 p.m. and 11 p.m., but that was unacceptable, they wanted set hours.  So I gave 8 p.m to 12 p.m. but I am not able to comply with that every day.  There are some days I would like to start earlier, and some days start later.  I would think if I gave them a set line limit that I would be accountable for that that would be acceptable, evidently not though.  Any companies out there hiring that has a 24-hour timeframe? 
Most companies these days require a
weekend day, even hospitals require at least 1 a month if not more. It is the norm. This is a 24/7 job, 365 days a year.
Companies that require five years' experience...sm
This October, I will be working as an MT for five years. I'm now looking to change companies and I notice there are several who require a minimum of five years' experience.

Would I be better off waiting until October, when I will have been an MT for five years, to change? Do these companies pay any better than those who require less experience? Or are they all pretty much the same and I may as well go ahead and apply to the ones who have less stringent prerequisites?

I've only worked for one MT company so I'm not very savvy on the MT marketplace. Any advice would be appreciated.
Which companies require credit checks?....
Maybe I'm old fashioned, but requiring drug tests, background and credit checks smacks of total disregard for my privacy. It is disrespectful, to say the least, not to mention insulting.

If an employer feels justified to approach me with implied suspicions that I may be a drug addict, criminal or a deadbeat on my way IN the front door, no telling what lies in store for me once I step through it.

I do not bring my personal life to my job and would never consent to what amounts to an administrative strip-search by giving an employer free access to my private information. If they ask for this, it tells me they have nothing to offer me.

I am currently doing a job search and would love to know which companies are doing this, so as not to waste their time or mine.
Do all companies require you to work 1 year before you can take vacation?

Meaning you are an employee, of course.  Just wondering if there is any hope out there.  If you start with a company and it turns out horrible, then you have to start all over again, waiting for another year to go by.  I don't want to wish my life away!!

Thanks everyone!

The reasons companies require high-speed

internet can vary, even if you can download via FTP.   It seems like a lot of companies use a platform now where you have to be on-line while you work as you are typing live into their system.  Other companies may have only a couple of lines to be able to download so they want you to have high-speed to make it quicker.   If the company has an FTP you aren't accessing a phone line and can download even at a very slow dial-up speed.

I've seen companies advertise and say you need a C-phone and a high-speed connection.   I don't know that just because a company may have an FTP site for you to download that it will eliminate the need for high-speed depending on what their platform is. 

Lots of companies require you to work live in their
system and dial-up won't allow you to do that.   Some companies ask for DSL/Cable so it is less taxing on their servers for people to download.  I know there were companies who are okay with dial-up because you just download and then work off-line, but I think those numbers are dwindling. 
How many companies do not require you to fill out a time clock? NM
Companies that require ONLY lines - not certain hours, preferably internet sm
based and part time.  TIA
Big deal! Lots of companies require certain things whether it be software, sm
footpedals, a certain version of Word, etc. I have an Infinity footpedal and I have used Expresscribe with it previously; however, StartStop is totally worth the money as it works with it as well.
they cannot require that of an IC.nm

What does FTP mean? Require for job. nm
They require 40 from me anyway nm


They only require you to do 3... nm
I should add that they are going to require sm
at least 2500 lines per week as a minimum and do not have a lot of PT positions. It really depends where they have gaps in coverage.
How many lpd does Transhealth require for sm
employee status?  1200?  Do they also require a 40 hour week commitment or just a line committment? Would prefer to have just a line commitment. TIA
Moderator: Can you require sm

ads to give a company name as well as IC, statutory or employee status??  Would make things much clearer and simpler.  Thanks, MomMT

Not just MT, most Employers require it now
It is becoming quite common for any employer, not just MT Services, to do a Credit Check now.  Some companies think that if you cannot handle your finances (late payment, judgments, etc), you will not make a good employee or you might be tempted to try to cheat on something.   Since past employers are reluctant to give any information besides dates of employment for fear of being sued, new employers had to find some other way to dig up the dirt, so to speak.  Just the sign of our times.  No one trusts anyone anymore.  Nothing personal.   Used to be you could just send in a copy of your ID (Driver's license, SS card, passport, etc), and now they want you to have it Notorized, but still get it back to them within the 72 hours required.  Best advice -- find a job you like and try to stay there -- forever!! 
They most certainly require weekends and
They assigned me F-M schedule second and third shift, saying it was all that was available. I was the go-to MT in my previous positions and always at the top of the QA pile and production at an acute care facility with 1000+ beds. Loads of experience and great education. Spheris recruiting could not have been less interested in talking with me (I know for a fact that my manager recommended me to them and spoke very highly of me), yet their ads looking for help are everywhere. How is it possible with all their openings that I'm assigned F-M evenings and nights?????

Is there a way to talk directly to account supervisors?
does MDI require weekends? - nm
I don't understand. They require 98%, and you are doing better than that,
but they are threatening to be removed from the account? I don't get it. What is it they want you to do differently?
How much experience they require,
are they hiring, etc.
Does this mean Focus does not require
MTs to use company supplied computers? I thought I read on this site somewhere that they did, thus the concern. If they don't, that's great.
Thank you. Then TT has right to require set hours
I am looking for a company that would not require
adding a lot of demographic information, mostly straight typing, not a lot of ESLs and would hire a newbie.  I am inquiring for a friend who has graduated from a program and needing employment, so would expectnewbie pay. Any information would be very helpful.  I am searching the boards, but would appreciate any up-to-date info. thanks.
As an IC, you should require little to no training.

Basically, ICs are expected to be able to hit the ground running.  You are an independent contractor, not an employee.  A company should be able to send you instructions on how things work with them and the IC should be able to read the instructions and figure it out.  An IC is basically a business in of itself.  When a hospital contracts with an MTSO, does the hospital spend hours and hours on the phone with the MTSO for training or vice versa?  Nope.  The information the hospital sends to the MTSO consists of technical information regarding transcription platform and hospital computer systems and samples.  It is up to the MTSO to make it work!  That is part of the contract and that is why the hospital is outsourcing, to get rid of the headache.

It's the same principle with ICs.  You are contracting with an MTSO to provide a service.  The MTSO provides you with the software, instructions, and samples you need and beyond that the IC should be able to get herself going. 

I don't understand these ICs who expect to have their hand held by the MTSO.  If you aren't confident enough to set yourself up and start working with little or no help, then you need to seek out an employee position somewhere.

Cannot require you set hours, but also
do not have to give you work during the hours you want.
I believe most require you to have your own equipment
I used their equipment for the first few months, paid about $9-10 a pay period.  I ended up buying my own.  The good thing about using theirs is if there is a problem, they take care of it.  I know MQ supplies equipment, but you do not want to go there.
does that require unlimited LD?
Any MTs here who pass over job ads that require

I have never seen this discussed on the board and was wondering if it was just me?

I cannot imagine having to sacrifice either every single Saturday or every single Sunday?  My daughter is involved in various sports throughout the year that meet/play on Saturdays and we enjoy attending church together as a family on Sundays.  How do you pick between your kid and God??  Have you noticed too that this rigid schedule seems to be more prevalent  with the MTSOs that provide the better benefit packages...figure.

Whatever happened to the good ole days of weekend rotations? I don't think these particular MTSOs even realize what they are asking a person to give up.  I know this business is 24/7, but weekend rotations make a huge difference!  Of course the majority of these particular MTSOs seem to be the larger nationals ran by salary paid suits that clock out every Friday at 5:00. 

 Please note that I realize that we are living one of the worst economic eras in history and if it meant feeding my kid or being off on weekends, this wouldn't be an issue.  This has been going on for years.

Oh well, I guess if there are that many MTs willing to give up having a life, these MTSOs have no incentive to make any changes. 

I would really be interested in seeing what everyone else thinks.

I think they require 98% - Which platform were you on? (NM)
Plus they don't require you to be on instant
Yes they can do require that. You can choose to go or
not as an IC but you also should be prepared to be without that job if you choose to stay home.
That's not legal, to require you to
work when there's no work and no pay. If they require you to sit there at your computer for them, then they have to pay you. They can't MAKE you do it for FREE. I wish these companies would get busted for all the stuff they put us through.
How many hours does MQ require for PT?
Is there a minimum line requirement plus minimum hour requirement per week? Thanks!
Do they require a weekend day?
Does Medware require weekends?
Does Medware require you to work weekends?
I've LOVE 2 require that...
but most companies would laugh at me, I'm afraid. I'll just have 2 settle for my $25/hr. job at MQ...