Tuesday, January 15, 2008
"Hi Tom the Temp,
Re: Health Care/Sick Leave Laws
Legislation requiring health insurance for all employees is a
necessary step that, unfortunately, is not a reality for all legal temps at this time.
I have worked as a legal temp in New York for two years and have been
struck by the inability of temporary attorneys and paralegals to work
together to obtain decent and affordable health insurance. We're an
educated and resourceful group, but we're scattered and transient.
There is, however, an organization that unites an independent labor
force and offers them the chance to obtain affordable health
insurance- Freelancers Union. Your blog is great place to launch my
proposal for a letter writing campaign to request that The Freelancers
Union cover legal temps.
Freelancers Union has been mentioned in the comments section of your
site a few times, but I don't believe there has been a focused effort
on advocating the admittance of legal temps into the union. Currently, the
Freelancers Union offers health insurance in 31 states and life and
dental insurance in 50. It allows independent workers not only from
the arts and entertainment, but also Media, Financial Services,
Technology and Traditional health care fields. There is no reason that
independent workers in the legal field should be excluded.
So, please, I'm asking that readers of this blog, legal temps, and
friends of legal temps please contact Freelancers Union stating that
there is a need and demand for coverage of independent legal workers.
800.856.9981 (toll free)
Fax: 877.707.3576 (toll free)
45 Main Street, Suite 710
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Until legislation requires health insurance for all employees. obtaining insurance through Freelancers Union is the best hope for independent legal workers that need affordable, comprehensive insurance."
In other news, the Hudson Legal "Newark" project is up and running full tilt. You have no doubt seen Hudson carpet bombing craigslist with ads for the $35 an hour Newark, NJ review, which has been generating a lot of noise online since it's the first huge "cattle call" project in quite a while. Not since the infamous Paul Weiss sweatshop have so many entry-level doc reviewers been dumped aboard a single gig. Rumor has it that 500-600 heads will be on the job by early February. A full report in our next posting. Stay tuned.........