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October 5, 2005

Microsoft To Begin Paying Ex-’Permatemps’

Posted by David Hunter at 2:35 PM ET.

(Via WinInsider) The Associated Press has the details at CRN:

Microsoft this month is expected to begin paying $72 million to nearly 8,600 former contract workers who were part of a 1992 class-action lawsuit claiming they were denied benefits.

The workers, “permatemps” who were hired during Microsoft’s early growth spurt, won a $97 million settlement in 2001 after a court found they were improperly restricted from the company stock-purchase plan. The ruling forced Microsoft to change its temporary-worker policies and limit contract lengths.

There have been years of delays and procedural haggling since the verdict…

A case study of why most companies are now very careful in their policies regarding temps.



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