I started this forum to discuss the current increasing trend in the United States for employers to hire temporary employees through temporary employment agencies and to discuss current news about this issue.
My personal experience has found that:
* temp agencies are short-term solutions to obtain temporary employment
* if you apply for temp-to-hire positions sometimes it works out and you become a permanent employee of the employer
* Medical insurance and other benefits provided by temp agencies are a short-term solution to obtaining coverage between jobs
I worked for Addecco for a year with just one corporate employer. Addecco invested a lot of training for employees and the training was valuable. However, after a year, Addeco began laying off many workers from that employer and about 30 people were laid off. Only one worker was hired by the employer as a permanent employee. When I went to the State Employment Office, experienced job counselors there told me two (2) things:
1) More and more employers are hiring temp workers instead of permanent, full-time employees so they don't have to pay for insurances and other benefits.
2) Move away. YES - they told me to MOVE out of the STATE!!
Here is an interesting short article with the New York Times about the history of temp agencies in the United States:
The Huffington Post has had many interesting articles lately about temp agencies. One very alarming piece of information I gleaned from their articles is this:
"More recently, temp firms have successfully lobbied to change laws or regulatory interpretations in 31 states, so that workers who lose their assignments and are out of work cannot get unemployment benefits unless they check back in with the temp firm for another assignment."
Is this not horrifying?