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Layoff Email-or lack thereof...

Posted By: mary k on 2006-05-10
In Reply to: How soon do we apply for unemployment? ASAP or after our layoff date of 7/7? nm - UnemployedHeartlander

I sent an email to Cathy Clemons this morning inquiring as to where the email is that they promised on Monday night and she said there was a technical error in sending it out and it would be out by noon today, when Colleen Neidert returns to the office! I hope she enjoyed her time off after participating in firing all of us on Monday.


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Your ESL or lack thereof depends
on what account you are on.  I have almost all ESLs, static on the line, not as clear as it could be.  I had a problem with Beyond TXT today and lost a report, never got it back.  Still waiting to hear from IT.  On the other hand, the support and help on the phone with the trainers and team leader is just great.  I did 3 reports in 3 hours because of tech problems.  If it does not get better I will leave, but not because of ESLs, I am used to those.  I hired on at a higher line rate because I offered to do an account heavy in ESLs. 
Lack of any response, either here or email (sm)

speaks volumes to me, especially if you aren't even employed with them.  Some folks just love to slander just for scuz and that's too bad. 


No, Paul, you are not. Left last year due to lack of work, but not lack of respect. It's a shame
I liked 'em a lot.
SPi layoff

Get this...after all the big layoffs of the US MTs, this past Friday they sent out an email offering a bonus after 90 days to to anyone who recruited an MT as they are so out of turn on their most important accts.   Interesting, eh? 


Layoff
I was laid off on Friday. I had only been there since the summer. Hadn't had much work since about December or so.
Because it is a layoff you can apply
now and use your layoff date for the date of start benefits.  It takes time to process so you will be ahead of the game.  Each state should be able to give you Medicaid information .. as my state has Healthy Kids and it is a separate program from the regular Medicaid.  Keep in mind, though, that if you COBRA for 18 months you will have that insurance for as long as you choose to keep it.  Make sure the lovely Ms. Neidert explains the COBRA fully to you or turn them in .. they did not explain fully to us and caused a lot of misinformation and people doing things incorrectly.
layoff/rehire
That email offering a bonus was not sent out to everyone.  Only a limited number of individuals/
MT looking for work after heartland layoff
Is PMSI a good company to work for? I have not tried them yet.
amphion layoff info anyone?
that is what inquiring minds want to know - specifics
60 days notice before a layoff? sm
People get laid off at the last minute all over the country. Maybe I am not understanding your post correctly? It does sound like to me that you are saying you must have 60 days notice before a layoff though. If that is indeed what the post is saying, there is no way or every company in the US is breaking the law!
I google federal layoff law. sm
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=federal+layoff+notice+law&aq=f&oq=

Can click open articles.

Companys should at least be reported to the Federal labor department so those coming up from behind. Sadly people need to be MADE to be decent to their fellow humans
Yeah, the layoff scenario went thru my head, as well, especially (sm)
since I hear this co. has a branch in India.
Here's The Federal Law on Mass Layoff Notice
http://www.doleta.gov/programs/factsht/warn.htm
How soon do we apply for unemployment? ASAP or after our layoff date of 7/7? nm
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Good company but had layoff in July. Are they hiring?
Very professionally ran company.
Hey OrthoMT.. tried to email you back but the email was returned as undeliverable..
Basically, this is what I'd like to know.. You can email me the information if you like..First off, are they hiring for ortho? and what is their scheduling like, FT or PT, IC status or employee etc. I would like to find a company that is pretty flexible. Also, what platform do they use? I have worked at some like you were saying, took forever to get the line count and I want to work 8 hours and be done. Oh, do you have benefits, and what are they like if you have them? Thanks for any information you can give..

No, but I will email the Moderators as soon as I find the email. You know it's the truth, Becky.
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Administrator- could you email me. I never posted that message about Netmed, yet it came to my email
address and I figured it out when someone from Netmed contacted me about my post. Is it possible for someone to steal and use your email address to post things. I thought there was some validation in place.
I think maybe this was a lack of SM
foresight on the part of the company but it wouldn't make me too nervous.  People who sign on to work anything other than M-F shifts usually have to work during the day when they start anyway because that is when the office/account mgr and IT support are more easily available.  For them to tell you that you could have your first day on a Sunday night is odd--it probably just didn't register with whoever gave you your start date.
Now I know just where you lack - in
intelligence. I was thrown off the other forum because of the person you speak of. You definitely are barking up the wrong tree with that name. Why in the world if I were *** would I be working for such a pitiful salary, as you seem to think, when she is supposedly a recruiter? Would she not make much more than me, just a regular MTer? It just does not make sense to me that anyone who happens to love their job cannot possibly just love it to be loving it- they have to be in management. What in the world is wrong with you guys? I work part- my husband is in a union- my father gave me lots of money and that is why I donít have to spend my life transcribing 24/7. I am in my mid 60s, have no kids to raise, donít have to beg for a job, could retire tomorrow if I liked. Quit being such a hater.
Could be because of total lack of sm
professionalism and loyalty to those she worked with if indeed that is true.  All I ever heard from her was talking about others behind their back.  I never met anyone other than from one other one there who went long ago that did that and it is the worst case of management I have ever known. 
LACK OF WORK ALWAYS
I've started looking for a new job - never enough work -I bet it is going to the new center in India.
Lack of work
Anyone out of work at FutureNet?
What I can't believe is the lack of responsibility smg

people take for their jobs, hours and work in general.  I work with people who apparently are their sole mode of transportation for their family and they just breeze in and out at will after taking grandpa, grandma, wife, children to all of their assorted appointments.  Then, THEY have their own personal appointments or medical problems that must be worked around.  The only thing they seem to be on time for is their paycheck.


Lack of Response
In my case, I have 15+ years of experience and the test was a breeze so I do not think that was the case. If so, then either way it was not a fit, but my point is why work for a company that shows such a lack of professionalism. I certainly do not think I deserve to be considered for every job, but I absolutely do deserve the consideration of a response after making the effort to apply for a position and take the test.
There is ALWAYS lack fo work there...
Then MANDATORY OVERTIME when there is work.
The lack of work got you too huh? nm
 
No lack of work!!!!
If you are running out of work, then you need to discuss your work types with your Account Lead/Supervisor. Sometimes there is a lack of work in the morngings 6 a.m. to noon Eastern time, but there is always work available on the second shift and third shifts. If you want to work, there is work. If you are scheduled to work that day and nothing down loads, leave your Word Client up, and the jobs will download as they are available. Be flexible on your hours, try some different work types, ask for an additional backup account. There is work if you want it. I have never been completely without work for an entire day and it is rare that I do not make line counts. NO, I AM NOT MANAGEMENT, I AM AN MT THE SAME AS YOU ARE.
No lack of work with me either sm
and I work days on that nightmare account that everyone hates.  Come work with me! I'll gladly share!  No complaining here.   
I have never seen such a lack of communication
within a company.  It would be easier on management and keep the MTs working if there were better communication and being able to put it in one place would be a win/win situation I would think.  I've learned to not hold my breath for things to happen though. 
lack of communication
is usually a good indication there is soemthing you do not want others to know. 
lack of work
I am not getting enough work and need a second job.  Some of you work for more than one company.  How do you coordinate your hours between two or more companies when you don't know what hours you are going to be out of work on your primary job?
lack of work
Thanks for the suggestions.  When I started this job there was plenty of work.  My mold is that there is not enough work now, but knowing that when I change, my line count and income will plunge until I get up to speed.  That's my hesitance of leaving.  Don't want to get hungry.  When we trained for transcription, nobody mentioned that aspect.  I've noticed by the threads I read that a lot of you generally switch jobs until you find accounts you can make money on. 
Lack of work

Okay, OSi -- I don't normally bash a company publicly, but you've pushed me to my limit.  I am tired of having no work, or very little, with no explanation whatsoever from the powers that be.  A little honesty would go a long way.  You do realize that your employees are depending on their jobs for an actual paycheck -- they don't just work for the heck of it, right?! 


What happened to a company owned by former MTs who understand us?!  Where are you guys now, and how would you feel if you were in our situation?  When your offshoring practices come back to bite you in the rear (and they will), just remember that you made your bed and you are the ones who will have to lie in it! 


I don't think it's so much a lack of foresight
on the MTSO's part as much as it is the fact that if they submit a bid that's too high the hospitals/clinics will go with another company simply because the price is lower.
lack of work
If that is the case then I will not be there long. I only give a company a week as far as keeping me busy and I mean during the day, not midnight!! During holidays I have always had work as well. On interviews a couple of times and also on reading the posts here people mention that it is normal in this business to have slow periods and not to expect as much work during those times. Say what?? I am not talking about an employer only saying this but the MTs as well and they accept it and go without work!! I am not saying the hospital dictations donít fluctuate because they do but if a company is managed properly, a company who cares about their MTs will for one not over hire and secondly for holidays they will have the right amount of people slotted for vacation in order for the people who are left working to be kept busy. I mean it is never a perfect science in this business, thatís impossible, but a company should operate in a way that is organized with the MT in mind instead of feast or famine!! Also if TOT is running behind then itís bonus time!! Wouldnít that be more cost effective anyway?? I guess not for the companies that are ran that way. Wouldnít you want your MTs to be happy so the turnover is low or instead do you look at us as expendable? I donít know about these big MTSOs these days. What it boils down to is I do not have the patience or time for companies that will not allow me to make a good living because that immediately tells me that they do not care about their MTs. I know usually in just a few days whether I want to stay or not. There are other reasons I will not stay as well, the usual complaints such as a bad platform, horrible account, being unorganized, etc.

It sounds like maybe that is how MDI operates or maybe they lost an account or two. Well that couldnít be the case if they just hired me along with the other gal who posted before me and obviously there are others. That tells me that possibly some accounts are overstaffed and others arenít so I will mention to her tomorrow that I need an account that is understaffed.

The problem right now is I am stuck because of the health insurance issue. I had to take the job because I was on Cobra at the time and ever since my line counts have dropped. I had never experienced what other MTs were complaining about with their experiences. Well now I know!! Where I work now I use ExText which I love and the account is good. It is their line counting methods that have made my line counts drop. I know how many lines I do an hour which range 325-375 on every account I have ever done for different companies yet I cannot achieve that here so I know darn well I am being scammed especially considering I have already used this platform before and made my 350+ lines so it is blatantly obvious.

So because of that I am not only going to be PT for MDI, or whoever it ends up being, but I am also looking for another employee position so I can get out of here. I see some people on the posts say they love working at this company and knock the ones who say negative remarks for different reasons but also about the line counts. I just don't get how they could love it there when I have a good account and platform and there are some nasty accounts there, so why am I struggling and they arenít? Maybe it is not that I am struggling but that they have never done more than 1200 lines in 8 hours and are happy and used to that so it works for them. I am assuming but that is all I can come up with.

That is why I have been so frustrated in the past 2 years finding a good company to work for. I think it is because I am wasting my time putting resumes out to these larger companies. I need to work for small to mid-sized companies again but I need insurance. I do know that some have insurance but it is a rip-off. My husbandís is too expensive too. Well enough complaining. I refuse to give up and settle though!! Off to bed for yet another low production day.

No lack of work here...
I guess the choices some of us make are better than others.  And, no, I do not work for a national.  Maybe I will have to some day, and believe me when that day comes, I won't wait until I can't feed my kids to try and find that job.  I'll be looking as soon as I think I'm in trouble, and I won't be posting on here for a pity party either. 
Lack of communication? sm
What, exactly, do you want them to communicate to you that they have not already? They have sent emails and posted newsletters with the latest developments and they are holding a teleconference to discuss those developments.

Did it ever occur to you that not every worker is privy to all the internal workings of a company, not just in medical transcription but in most brick and mortar companies as well? We have a job to do at Webmedx, and that job is to transcribe accurate medical reports in a timely manner.... Period! Our job is not to concern ourselves with the latest acquisitions, mergers, or other business/financial developments that may or may not occur. They have people who are paid to do that, so we should do what we are paid to do.

If Webmedx is that intolerable to you, you might consider changing something you are able to change as I suggested below, or if you cannot or will not do that, then perhaps it is time for you to find some place where you would be happier.
your lack of education
with regard to the profession and how businesses are run seems to make it difficult for you to understand the big picture here.

I've been in this field for a very long time and it's people who think screw the rest, I'm in it for me (this is the impression I take away from your responses) that have made it possible for a service owner (a position I also once held) to offer crap pay, no benefits, high expectations.

If you are an IC and allow yourself to be treated as an employee, you can also be creating issues with the IRS, and if your employer is found to be using ICs as employees and not paying appropriately, they can incur significant fines.

Downside is, yes, an MTSO then has the right to decline to employ you. But if MTs would refuse this type of treatment, the offers might be more in line with what's a fair earned wage.


Also noticed the lack of
work out of a Chicago company but as it is a p/t job and not my main account, I can live with it for the time being.

I wonder also if MTs who had left the field because they were fed up, for many reasons, are now returning due to the economy. Seems that companies have more MTs replying to their ads than they know what to do with! Sadly that does not make it a good market for the MT.
Lack of work
I also checked with supervisor about my account possibly being in Chartnet to explain the lack of work and was told when my account moves over then I move over, so this obviously is not the case. I don't know what is going on, but this is very unusual except around holidays.
Lack of work
I also checked with supervisor about my account possibly being in Chartnet to explain the lack of work and was told when my account moves over then I move over, so this obviously is not the case. I don't know what is going on, but this is very unusual except around holidays. This week is also the beginning of the new bimonthly pay, the same day as the lack of work started. Coincidence?
Lack of work
Sigh.....I'm another MedScribe MT who has not been able to get my lines this week.  I have never had this problem before.
Their lack of ability to think outside the box & actually

Lack of Respect from MDI
This is really so sad! Why are they lying and being so secretive? I have no respect for them any longer. The past respect is just that: Passed respect. It works both ways. HOW DO THEY EXPECT PEOPLE TO LIVE? Better to be honest about their situation, whatever that is, than this. And regarding the emails never answered, no answer IS an answer and the message is that you and your email are not important enough for them to pay attention to. Shameless behavior on their part and no sing-song email from the owner can discount the fact that they are blatantly giving the shaft to loyal employees.
Lack of work @ MDI
I've really tried to be patient and understanding but lately I'm rightly pi$$ed off.  Why do the secondaries get to take work from my primary??    I always hesitated and didn't take work from my secondary accounts so as to not take work from the MTs who had that as a primary.  Yesterday and now I have NO WORK.  I was told yesterday, *oh, I guess the secondaries did the work* when I asked why I didn't have any jobs.  Guess I'll have to look for a filler job ASAP. 
lack of work @MDI
Is this the same company as MD-IT???
Amherst and lack of work

How do you deal with it?? You try to get someone at the office to listen to you and then you start the endless list of 5 or 6 accounts that you bounce around it, trying to meet your line quota in fear that they may take away your insurance and now that the MT's from yet another office closing have been transferred there, I somehow do not know if this will even end. If MT's are out of work, why does the hiring continue?????? Or as someone has said, are they trying to get rid of the higher paid MT's, afterall MQ did say in their SEC report that they expected thier revenue to continue to decline with the loss of accounts and with new accounts coming in at a lower rate due to competition. One of the MT's that was transferred with me to Amherst, actually we have been transferred twice since the closing of our office, has started to do some ASR and was wondering if her pay scale was going to change. Her supervisor made a comment, "I don't think your rate will change, I will let you now" , has anyone had their rate change since doing ASR?????


 


Does anyone know how many offices MQ had 2 years ago and how many they have now?? Just curious as this was one of the things mentioned in the SEC filing ---about more offices closing--are they going for the Big Four--I was surprised to see that the Atlanta office was closing as I always thought that was one of the Big Four 


Heartland - Lack of Work
Just wanted to share my frustration with HIS and the lack of work! Any other HIS MTs having the same issue? I can't seem to make any money!!!
She probably means the lack of work.

Always had a ton of work to make up, but never had any work to make it up with...always got e-mails telling me everything looked good, BUT I needed to get my line counts...it was literally impossible for me on my account and my supervisor never got in touch with me when I e-mailed multiple times about getting other accounts. Got multiple e-mails about how good I was doing and just regular company e-mails daily, but never anything about another account. I got frustrated with never going over $300 every two weeks working 25 hours a week.


Other than that everything was great about the company.  No complaints other than that. Would still be there if that wasn't the case.


Bumped to MT due to lack of work!!
I used to be an Editor for Sten-Tel, but due to lack of work that needs editing, I have now been bumped down to an MT making very little compared to what I had been....SO LAME!!!!