Senators demand Google’s 120,000 temps and contractors get full-time standing


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Senators have a listing of calls for for Google. 


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Ten Democratic senators, together with presidential hopefuls Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, have despatched a letter to Google urging the tech big to cease its “anti-worker practices.” The letter, dated July 25 and addressed to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, stated the corporate’s 121,000 contract and momentary employees ought to be promoted to full-time standing. 

Google’s enterprise mannequin depends closely on contract and momentary employees, a lot in order that the inhabitants is bigger than its full-time staff, Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio stated within the letter obtained by The New York Instances on Monday. Google’s temps and contractors outnumber full-time staff by 19,000 individuals.

The senators’ calls for for the employees additionally embody prohibiting monetary disincentives, wage and profit parity, restrict on using impartial contractors and momentary employees to momentary or non-core work, prohibition of necessary nondisclosure agreements, elimination of all noncompete clauses in contracts, and Google’s acceptance of legal responsibility for any office violations that happen with impartial contractors or temp employees. 

The senators requested that Google reply earlier than Aug. 9. The corporate responded Monday. 

“We’re proud to create financial alternatives for each the individuals we make use of instantly and our prolonged workforce of distributors, momentary employees and impartial contractors, and consider that our practices on this regard accord with the very best trade requirements,” says a letter despatched by Eileen Naughton, vp of individuals operations, to the senators. “Respectfully, we strongly disagree with any suggestion that Google misuses impartial contractors or momentary employees.” 

Within the letter, Google stated it engages “solely a handful” of impartial contractors when it desires to herald extremely specialised experience. The corporate additionally stated its momentary employee inhabitants makes up 3% of its whole workforce. Alongside the identical strains, distributors, which Google says accounts for almost all of its prolonged workforce, are employed for specialised makes use of too. 

“Being a brief employee is just not meant to be a path to employment at Google, and since we wish to be clear and upfront, this is part of our written insurance policies and the coaching that every one Google staff managing momentary employees should take,” Naughton stated within the letter.

In Could, a gaggle of temps who work on Google Assistant alleged wage theft in opposition to the tech big. The group stated Google pressured its contractors to work extra time with out additional pay. After an inner criticism, Google fired the chief in control of the undertaking. 

In April, Google stated it’d require the businesses that offer the search big with momentary and contract employees to present them full advantages. The advantages would come with well being care, a $15 minimal wage and paid parental go away. The change got here the identical day 900 Google employees signed a letter demanding higher therapy of the corporate’s temps, distributors and contractors. 

In its Aug. 5 letter, Google stated these insurance policies will go into impact originally of 2020. The corporate stated it expects the vast majority of its momentary employees and distributors to be coated beneath the usual by mid-2020. 

Initially printed Aug. 5, 12:27 p.m. PT.
Replace, at 12:56 p.m. PT: Provides response from Google. 



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