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With regard to Jester's Touch. Ms. Jester contacted me via email

Posted By: Administrator sm on 2008-02-19
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this morning to announce that she has "been told to cease any other communications" with MTStars.  As well, she has told a tissue of lies regarding the labor board denying Ms. Latta's case.  I have learned this morning that the case has NOT been denied and is still being processed. 

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I have,however Ms. Jester comes in under a diff. email addy to
to post.  Everytime she comes on to post, I ban her.  What is unprofessional about posting the truth about a company owner who is not doing the right thing by paying unpaid wages? I'll go ahead and answer.  Nothing.
I am poster who wanted Jester to be right but
I must therefore deduce that Lynn from Jester
Casey, ck your email, I have contacted you.
Deborah's Touch, please email the Administrator regarding
How soft is the touch, is it a muffled sound (microsoft used to make a very soft touch keyboard.
You can't buy it anymore and I hate the clacky ones. I think a really soft one sounds muffled when you hit the key. Thanks
Please leave an email or email me at my address....click the email button. Thanks...nm
Regard or regards?

Dear Dr. X

I am writing you in regards/regard  to John Smith 

It would be in regard to.

I have been instructed that regards is only used for things such as "best regards", etc. Hope this helps.
Not in that regard - SM
I'm allowed to correct for grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc., especially with the ESLs. I keep such "fiddling" to an absolute minimum to achieve a clear dictation and otherwise it's verbatim or blanked.
Of course I contacted QA...SM

and asked specifically that I be e-mailed the completed document.  I will keep that for my proof as many suggested, but I'm 100% sure that I would have at least verified it with the office because it is a dangerous sound alike medication.  There really is no way this QA person would ever change her mind.  She is one who really thinks she knows it all.  I figured I'd be asking to be fired if I said anything more.  I constantly am biting my tongue and keeping quiet, but have kept copies of all communications regarding any issues that have come up.  Ultimately, it will be her fault and responsibility if a lawsuit ever happens or a patient is injured because of the wrong med.  It is just sad that she can't consider another point of view or at least ask verification. 

Anyway, water under the bridge for now.  The documentation I have should be fine.

What to they tell you when you have contacted
them about this?
Willing to what? Have no regard for the people
"below" them who help keep their practices going or for the transcriptionists listening to their lousy dictation skills. While I may not have chosen to be a physician, I work just as hard to make my money as they do (probably harder), do a good job, I might add, and still have to listen to mushmouthed, letsseehowmanywordsicansaybeforeistoptotakeabreath, or just rude and inconsiderate physicians who don't care how the folks who keep them going feel. Sorry, just had to vent, because while there are some very pleasant physicians, most that I have met are incredibly arrogant people.
In regard to OH LORD
Per administrator you need to show some kindness to the new MTs. I doubt you yourself were so wonderful when you first started out. Try to remember we are all HUMAN and we all error at some point in our lives.
Yeah..I know what you mean in that regard--sm
I have transcribed dictations by doctors who have been intoxicated at the time of dictation, done at 5 in the morning and he is in surgery by 7 in the morning. This really scares me. I have also done dictations by doctors who are felons. Physicians used to be highly respected and were above reproach. I wonder now about that, too. Ethics seems to have flown out the window these days. These are just my experiences and my opinions. I am not saying that ALL doctors are this way, but the few make it bad for the majority.
Oh believe I have no problems in this regard.
And then proceed to post the line rate as if some MTSO will pay a sub 14 cpl.  No need to be defensive unless of course you're feeling the need to be bashing like our first post was intended to do. 
You are absolutely right in this regard.

I've been in this field for 20 some years and I have my own accounts by the physicians asking me personally from being on site and seeing how fast I type.

Unless you have connections, it's pretty hard to start your own business and offer up your services for cheaper than a national can.  Also, you would have to be flexible and have a call in system, do tapes, go digital, etc., etc. especially in this day and age.

I agree with this above poster; it's not so easy these days.

I consider myself very lucky in this regard
No, my hands do not hurt and this is 8 hours straight. Most of this is VR now (appx 95% of the day) but some straight. Before VR I typed over 2000 per 8 hour period for, hmmm for the past 20+ years. I know people who have had real problems with so much typing but so far, so good here.
In regard to your comment
"Are you so desperate to improve your looks?" - I am not the original poster and don't know anything about the lifestyle lift.

I had commented on my sister's face lift (not a lifestyle lift) which makes her look 15 years younger (but still like herself). She also changed her hairstyle at that time, so I think that's what people attribute to her looking so great for her age. She did not have the type of sutures you are referring to.

The reason I started to think you might think there is actually is plastic involved because you made some comment regarding it falling apart (or something of that nature).

It's great you would never do it. It would be nice if no one had anything done ... then we all wouldn't have to be compared to those who have!

I must tell you though, you really are quite charming.

Corporate has been contacted. The more the better.
Yeah, I contacted them as soon as I
found out they needed homes for the pets and still have not been contacted, either. I was getting curious, too:)
Have you contacted Dr. Phil??
Seriously, I don't know what you can do about it. Probably absolutely nothing. You just need to be as supportive TO YOUR SON as you can be. You can let him know you don't agree with this but you love him anyway. Honestly, this will not last long. He may not even make it to the altar. As far as the girl....just tolerate her the best you can. I don't think she'll be in your life very long!! Good luck!
Be very careful with regard to this company. nm.
In regard to the below topic concerning pay rates...

Does anyone else find it odd that the very select few of highly paid MTs, (making between 12 - 17 cpl)  are bold enough to write a post stating outright how much they make and how much they are worth.  But when questioned over and over about who these companies are that pay so well, no one volunteers even one name.

This bothers me for two reasons. 

1)  We're in a recession and many of your fellow MTs are struggling to feed their families and would benefit greatly from the same opportunity. 

2)  None of you are making these insane line rates and likely are just bored out of your mind because you are actually unemployed, which would explain why you have so much time to come here and fabricate things to post about.

No offense to anyone, but I find it incredibly frustrating to read your posts just to have my questions to you blatantly ignored.  If you aren't bold enough to answer, just have the common courtesy to say so.   I hope I'm dead wrong, but whether I am or not, the result is the same because none of you have the nads to speak up and give us some names!  If you aren't going to share information and make a difference, why bother?

Evidently you can't read. We have contacted

employee problems to be public fodder.  They don't respond to questions.  They

don't return phone calls.  When they do give answers they are nonsensical, non-answers.

Go back and read.  See how many of us here are saying we have been in touch

with the mighty Frank et al.  And it is not your place to tell anybody to "file it or shut it". 

Get out of "our" business if you are not affected.

You DONT need to be contacted. Send it all!
You have GOT to be talking about Transcend. What a MESS in that regard!
I threw in the towel after a few months, and regret that I waited that long. What a waste of my precious time! It was such a giant step for me back in time having to shuffle thru reams of paper, and most of which make no sense at all - no rhyme or reason to 50 pages of random rules, each and every silly report that pops into my computer. Uggghhh. It NEVER got better - actually worse when changes came in nearly daily and the whole mess was jumbled around again, with my highlighting and hints obsolete! I heard other parts of Transcend under different supervisors went smoothly, but the different accounts I tried were all the pits!! Forget about transcribing! Had to go thru hurdles to get there!
Am glad you are okay, Michelle. Have you contacted your supervisor?
My friend contacted this morning regarding radiology job and she
was asking me if I had done before- I had at a previous job when radiologist MT was out and had never done before. This person calling wanted experience but said paying up to 17$ an hour. That is a pretty good salary. I told my coworker I would ask on board how she could maybe take some courses or just where to go for help in radiology MTing. I am happy where I am with VR so not interested in myself but I know she is looking. Thanks.
Have you contacted the office manager, physician, etc.(?)
I have been in the same boat since being transferred to Amherst. I have contacted New Jersey and
spoken with one of THOSE WOMEN and have gotten very little response other than oh we will see what we can do and things continue to just go on the way they were. I think it will take a lot of people calling Human Resources and emailing those 2 women or getting transferred or quitting that will change things MAYBE. Are many people quitting up there in Amherst. I know since my office has been transferred they are quitting now.
Have already contacted by state senator and received a response
But of course, all it said was that he was glad to hear my point of view, blah, blah.....no indication of how he was going to vote when it comes up - but at least I let my feelings be known, in no uncertain terms.   We have to do SOMETHING, it's just hard to know what. 
How can you feel loyalty to a company that so clearly has no regard for a large portion of its MTs.
You have to work in their Harrison office. I contacted them in August, but I live across the
The Dictaphone techs are usually great at problem solving. Have they been contacted?? nm
Doesn't matter If you haven't contacted former previous supervisor or not; go ahead
and put their contact info down (if you have it), for your reference. It's not necessary to contact your references prior to putting them down on an app--if you left them with a good impression, that should speak for itself and they will give a good reference if they are contacted.
If you are having any problems validating your email addy, please email support@mtstars.com
KVMs $20-60. One internet connection. You'd have no email or a 2nd email acct for your 2nd puter.
I don't understand. I didn't get email from MT Stars, I got email from offshore people
is what I'm talking about. I'm not a liar and take offense to your insinuation.
They can send an email that goes to all MTs in one shot. I think she just means a courtesy email
would be nice. MQ is not getting any easier. My account has been picked over thoroughly when it went on DQS by ASR and I get all the remains because they only have a core group doing ASR which I think is wrong because you get all the bad dictators and it would be nice to be acknowledged that at least you know the person you can discuss problems with as they crop up. This is a big one and we have no manager anymore and no one to discuss this with at all in my office so you just sit here very day doing this work and no way to vent to someone that could offer some suggestions on this and other issues that come up to help relieve some of the stress of working this way.
Just send an email to the email link inside the post.
Again, because you entered your email address, you CAN receive email from anyone, but THEY

e-mail address because it is not revealed when they send mail because we have spam protection in place.  The only way they would know what your email address is, is if you reply to the email they send you.  If you don't want to receive any email from anyone, simply do not enter your email address in the Email field.


I intended to email it- already email the mods to remove
Not through the MTStars email server. Your email address is NOT
visible to anyone.  The only way your employer would know it is you is 1) if you respond when someone emails you, or 2) they recognize the way you write. 
tried to email, invalid poster or email it said nm
San Antonio; email me; I can give you email for MT sm

who is in San Antonio and may be able to help you.

I'm in Corpus.


I was doing some research and just thought I would share it here. 



I'm a part time security officer.  The contract is changing hands where i work (large corporate facility)...the location stays the same but a new company takes over the new contract next week.  The incoming company has advised everyone that they must attend a mandatory unpaid training class.  Is this legal?


Expert: Shirley McAllister, CPP, PHR
Date: 3/28/2008
Subject: unpaid training

It is not legal.

Here is the ruling from the Department of Labor Website at


Lectures, Meetings and Training Programs: Attendance at lectures, meetings, training programs and similar activities need not be counted as working time only if four criteria are met, namely: it is outside normal hours, it is voluntary, not job related, and no other work is concurrently performed.

Since the meetings are not voluntary you must be paid to attend them.


29 CFR 785.27 - General.
Attendance at lectures, meetings, training programs and similar activities need not be counted as working time if the following four criteria are met:
(a) Attendance is outside of the employee's regular working hours;
(b) Attendance is in fact voluntary;
(c) The course, lecture, or meeting is not directly related to the employee's job; and
(d) The employee does not perform any productive work during such attendance.


29 CFR 785.28 - Involuntary attendance.
Attendance is not voluntary, of course, if it is required by the employer. It is not voluntary in fact if the employee is given to understand or led to believe that his present working conditions or the continuance of his employment would be adversely affected by nonattendance.

ICs and unpaid trainings:



(FROM http://www.dol.gov/elaws/esa/flsa/hoursworked/screen1d.asp)

Waiting for Work
Time which an employee is required to be at work or allowed to work for his or her employer is hours worked. A person hired to do nothing or to do nothing but wait for something to do or something to happen is still working. The Supreme Court has stated that employees subject to the FLSA must be paid for all the time spent in "physical or mental exertion (whether burdensome or not) controlled or required by the employer and pursued necessarily and primarily for the benefit of the employer of his business."

Place of Work
Hours worked include all the time during which an employee is required or allowed to perform work for an employer, regardless of where the work is done, whether on the employer’s premises, at a designated work place, at home or at some other location.


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How does one get in touch with you?nm

MD in Touch
Anyone familiar with this platform who would care to share pros and cons of it.  Are you able to produce a good line count, is it easy to learn, can you use PC ShortHand Expander with it?  Thanks for your input.
It's the only thing I will touch. :) nm
If other have "dull" touch, do you mean this has a ...sm
soft, easy touch?  Old lexmark keyboards were extremely soft to the touch which I loved.  Just can't find that anymore.  Is that how this one is?