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There is no explanation for this "confidential" policy. nm

Posted By: Leave MY information to me. on 2006-01-07
In Reply to: If you don't know what is confidential, you have no business being in any business. - rates

No, you wouldn't be able to explain it because there is no good explanation for this policy.  I could tell people I don't know what the company pays everyone but I make $.  Is that better?  I am giving just MY infor, making no promises about what the company pays. 

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Mark bill and envelope "CONFIDENTIAL,"
address to doctor personally with a handwritten note attached to your bill stating, Will you please have someone take care of this? This happened to me. The office manager was embezzling funds which he knew nothing about it until I brought my bill to his attention. My bill has been paid immediately in the 15+ years since then. Good luck.
Because their management doesn't know how to manage.
No explanation
Just an email that the feature was being disabled. Maybe because they didn't want anyone to know or inquire into line count comparisons between MS Word and Dictaphone (could it have to do with not being paid for headers?).
Ok, I get it now - thanks for the explanation, but (sm)
I have never noticed the lag as far as waiting for the words to appear.  I have noticed, though, the wait sometimes for the next report to come up.  Granted, slow means maybe 5-6 seconds, but between that and sometimes the cont-R and cont-S being slow, I guess that could slow you down if you add it all up.  Thanks for taking the time to explain.
more explanation sm
I meant a general Word Book in above post.  I also have specialized Word Books that I use but not so much any more due to only doing Radiology now. 
Why run? More explanation please... sm
Why post something like that without something to back it up. An honest company will change from the standard 65 character line with spaces to a 54 or 55 character line if they don't pay for spaces. A lot has to do with what the client wants to see in writing - even though the same thing, for some reason it's more appealing to them to see the VBC than paying for spaces - weird I know.

Please fill me in on why you say run. I have been with them since August and pleasantly pleased over the large nationals I was with before.
further explanation

Sorry, that was a bit short and to the point on my last message.  Just to explain further, this is not Vonage but it is VoIP.  I didn't want to go into much detail because I didn't want to sound like I was trying to sell this to anyone.  I already have my 3 referals so my service is free - that isn't it.  I'm using it right now and it is working great.  There is a little hesitation every once in a while but if I calculate the money I save by the tiny amount of less work I do because of the periodic hesitation, it is worth it - especially if someone is looking at a $600 phone bill like the person below - OMG!  It won't work if the Internet is down but neither will my typing because that is all through the Internet, so no big deal for me.  I would rather pay nothing than $24.95, $39.95, or $600.  In the next couple of years none of us will have a choice anyway, it will all be digital, no more land lines as we know it today.

Thanks for the explanation.
An explanation...

You must average a gross pay of $900 per pay period over three pay periods (they average your pay for three PP and you have to have grossed and average of $900 per PP).  You are paid twice per month, so the pay period is a little longer than with bi-weekly pay.

You are paid a rate per line that is determined by your experience and other factors (not everyone makes the same line rate, but close).  Their time-reporting site makes it easy to see if you are on track by showing you how much you have made so far that pay period, or even that day.  It's not hard to meet the $900 average per pay period.  Just divide $900 by your line rate, which will give you the number of lines needed for that PP.  Hope this helps explain it a little better.

Did they give you an explanation?
Shapin.....no need for explanation!!
uh, seriously...it's not explanation point
you're the one screaming with it. Do you see the irony?
TT giving MT's no explanation on why all this

This is certainly a mystery to me.  Announcement of Jesse being gone was heartbreaking.  He was such a good tech guy, but these loss of working hours due to server problems we are having is not due to anything but Dictaphone, it appears.  The **check back every 10 minutes** is getting old. 

It seems that chunks of work disappear when these problems occur, so don't know where the work goes when server goes down.  Hopefully, TT is not outsourcing to another service again, as we have been SO LOW on work for the past month or so. 

I just wish the upper mgmt. would give us an explanation for all these server problems as of late so that we would not wonder about why this is happening.  Maybe some of you can explain to us.  Maybe I am just out of the loop.

No, not just that, but part of explanation --
Just like every other company, they don't want to have to pay penalties for out of TAT, so VERY TIGHT TAT -- causing MT's to be out of work part/most of the time.
Thanks for the explanation! I guess my cat

at least this is a plausible explanation.
Personally I believe they'd sell before they'd offshore any work. But whatever the problem is, I too am being drawn into the worry bordering on hysteria. With the economy as it is, there is a lot of desperate behaviors and decisions going on. I used to have so much work I felt sometimes like I dared not take any time off. Now even on what were my heaviest workload days, a trickle.
CPL Explanation - Attempt at Least :)
The returning visits are not a lot of copy and pasting - it's one global time (and my folks love it because they get to work in Word and use their tools, they're not stuck typing into a system where their Expanders and dictionaries are useless) - you get paid for work previously done, which you do not have to change, edit, or even read, in addition to the portion you add. All in all the MT comes out ahead.

If anybody is seriously interested in how it works, I can put you in touch with MTs (some of whom have 20 plus years of experience) who can tell you MT to MT how they are most certainly not getting ripped off.

Just drop me a private note.

If you'd rather work for a company that promises work and doesn't have it, or has the work and doesn't pay, then don't bother sending me your resume.

Because we do have the work - and we do pay.


I'm sure there's a logical explanation
Like it was all dictated overnight in the wee hours when none of us lazy Americans wanted to work, so, alas, the poor beset upon transcriptionists in India were forced to do it.
See the explanation on the main board.

If you read my post, the explanation is all there!
At Will Employment - No Explanation Needed
If you look at the paperwork you signed, you will probably see that it is At-Will Employment.  That means they can fire you without giving you any reason and you can quit without giving any reason -- at any time.  As long as they have not sent you equipment (which if they did, you will probably have to pay to have sent back), just tell them Thanks, but No Thanks!! 
better explanation than that. Makes no sense ....... nm
I'll email you..but brief explanation below
When I say toggle over, I mean Alt-Tab like you use to toggle to a different program w/o the mouse. I have my Excel spreadsheet open while I transcribe in another program. So when I need to enter my job information, I Alt-Tab over to the worksheet and enter in the info, then Alt-Tab back to the word processor and keep going. Should work for any Windows-based program.

As far as the formula, let me see if I can dig up the tutorial link that I used to figure the formula...

Ok, here's the page:

I also used the Excel tutorials on About.com to get fiddly with Excel. I now know only enough to be dangerous.

Emailing you.
Amen explanation point
Move on and do it rapidly. That explanation doesn't
even sound like it holds water.
A quick word of explanation about Wal-Mart
My friend worked in the division that made, organized jewelry, etc. She was not a clerk. She worked behind the scenes. I guess the suits thought that behind the scenes in Mexico was cheaper for them than to pay American workers. Anyway, my friend, a 21-years-old single mother, is now without work.
been there, done that. That's the policy.
Yes, they have a policy on
employees posting on forums.

If you post on a forum, you are not supposed to talk about the company in any form. You are not supposed to visit sites like that on their computer either.

If they catch you at it? Termination. They have that right, whether we agree with it or not. You need to look at the employee handbook.
I had a policy that was better than what
most companies offer.   There are many companies out there and each agent can have a different premium for the same insurance.  I was able to get the same insurance I had with DH company for about $200 less and it was very good insurance. 
Policy is that you must use PTO (sm)
but this will depend a little on your supervisor. If she knows your account's been low anyway, and you've documented your out-of-work situation through the Community page, AND if you've shown some willingness to keep checking back in case work becomes available, she might be more flexible with you.

I can honestly say I've found my own supervisor to be excellent about this, especially during the summer slowdowns.

Of course, it's hard to keep checking back in if you have another job to get to! Congratulations, by the way, and best of luck to you.
This is my new policy too. SM
I am also a CMT and from now on, I will require pay info and insurance info up front.  No testing will occur until this information is given.  I am also a CMT, I have that to back up my skills, there should be no question that I can do the job.
That has been the policy for the many years I have been at MW. sm
Near the beginning of the year we are asked to decide which holidays we will work and which ones we would prefer to have off. That gets submitted to your team leader for approval. The 6 are Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thnxgiving, Xmas, and New Year's. You must work 3 of those.
MQ notice policy
I am leaving MQ (Columbus office), have accepted another position. Does anyone know MQ's policy on termination. I would like to be nice and give them 2 weeks, but if I do, are they just going to tell me goodbye and no more work? I'm an SE, so I could just wait until I start my new position, then fulfill my SE lines at night for 2 weeks.

Any input appreciated.

But from the posting policy above it says...
Third -- No company-specific information, i.e., account names, privileged information, posting of internal memorandums/communication, etc. Company names themselves are, indeed, permitted. Do not name specific accounts or copy/paste the memo that made you upset at work.

It says company names are permitted....?

I believe they have changed the policy about (sm)
bonus lines for reaching next level. 
You can get a private policy for less than that and probably
better insurance too.   At that price I don't think they are absorbing any of the cost, so it really isn't a benefit.  
I'm looking right at the policy: 16 hrs a week.
Go take a look.

MTStars Ad Policy
That USED to be the policy - but according to the www.mtstars.com homepage:  The hands of time cannot be turned back on the widespread transfer of information globally and as of January 1, 2006, MTStars opened itself up to include the global environment. MTStars limits this only to allow US Transcription Services that outsource offshore to post open jobs seeking US QA Editors. DIRECT offshore posting, communication, solicitation is still prohibited.  Translation:  Only companies that are BASED offshore are not to advertise through this site.  Hope this helps!

Get a private policy. You s/b able to get
a very good policy for half that.  Call local agents in your area and get several quotes. 
New policy on Spi account
They just sent out a memo on one of their accounts that getting a date wrong in the demographics is written up first offense, second offense is 3 days off without pay.  How's that for incentive?
time-off policy
I have been there 2.5 years and now they are saying EVERY time you are away from your computer you have to enter into HRO and you only get 2 flexes per month.  Well, I have kids and somtimes they take more time than that.  They suggest I work a different schedule, but that would be at night and that is when we are all home and I don't want to work then.  I have big issues right now and I'm looking elsewhere.  Thanks for letting me vent!! 

Someone was inquiring about MQ PT positions.  We received a letter on this a few months ago and this is directly from that letter. 

Effective 10/01/2007 Regular PT employees will be required to work at least 24/hr a week.  MTs who cannot commit to a work schedule that provides for a minimum 24/hr per week will be reclassified as Flexible PT.  Flexible PT employees are rquired to produce weekly minimum of 2,000 lines and minimum 100/hr.  The number of hours worked is determined by the employee in conjunction with his/her supervisor based on workload availability.

Hope this summary is helpful to those who wanted to know.

Why not just get a private policy? Unless you have
pre-existing conditions you can get your own policy that may be cheaper than what you can get through work and then you aren't tied to a company for insurance only and you don't have to worry about a lap in insurance if you change jobs. 
Honest is the best policy!!
I have been going through company after another that continue to hide the truth about their accounts.  For example, ATSI is posting again for a large hospital account.  Guess what!!  The recruiter did not tell the truth.  They hired MTs and guess what, when the MTs got a taste of that large hospital account, they all quit and ATSI is posting again for the same hospital.  ATSI is paying 8 cpl for this horrid, horrid hospital account.  Plenty of gastly ESLs with samples emailed to you.  You cannot pull any prior reports.  Why not tell MTs the truth, offer them more money to work on these accounts and allow them all the time in the world to get to know them. Why keep posting advertisements and MTs take the bait, when they find out the truth they quit.  Honesty is the best policy, why not give it a try.
If you own the company, you set the policy. She's not

telling you how to vote.  She's telling you how she's going to vote.  So what?  People whine to much! 

Send out an email of your own, see how it flies.  And if something is said, then you can simply say you thought it was okay because the manager or owner did the same.


Holiday policy/pay is...
that you are scheduled to work the holiday if the holiday falls on your normally scheduled day, unless you have requested off previously and had it approved. You will receive holiday pay for that day.
Is it possible it is the companies policy? s/m
I have worked for certain hospitals in the past as an IC and they put a limit on the purchase agreement of like $30,000.  Once that $30,000 ran out, then it had to be renewed and if they did not have it in the budget to replenish it, then you were out of work.  I saw this happen last year to a friend who ran out of work the last 7 weeks of the year, just before the holidays.  She ended up subcontracting through another company that worked for the same hospital for those 7 weeks as they had money left in their purchase agreement.
Honesty is not the best policy?
I had an interview with a company who I know is hiring yesterday and when they asked why I left the company I was with, I was honest with them.  It was a simple error on my part and all of a sudden the mood changed in the interview and they didn't have anything right now...try in a couple of months! It doesn't pay to be truthful any more, I guess, but I'm not so sure I would want to work for a company anyhow who doesn't feel it is worthy of taking a look at me, even though at times I may have flaws.
There is always a company policy on
this in most companies, but very rarely enforced.
It isn't company policy....

nor did I say that, Jan.  Once again, you are being rude. 

The MTSO simply prefers to have MTs working for them that they know are excellent by personal reference.  The pay is outstanding, so they expect a lot.  In my experience, there are very few top-notch MTs these days, so why would an MTSO spend time reviewing hundreds of resumes when they can simply ask their current top-notch MTs for referrals?

Where is the board policy? Can't find it anywhere.
Where am I not looking?