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Could your temp job put you at risk for unsafe working conditions

According to the CEO of a staffing firm, there are temp companies that don't have the best interests of workers in mind. Because temp workers don't always fall under the same workers' compensation and other requirements as regular employees, there are those who take advantage of such employee relationships to avoid paying expensive benefits or worrying about working conditions.

For many residents of New Hampshire, temp agencies provide a welcome relief during the frustration of a job hunt. A quality temp agency can provide someone with almost immediate work. Working through a staffing firm may allow individuals to test the waters with different positions or companies, helping them to determine what they really want to do.

Staffing companies also often play an important role in connecting companies with valuable employees. There are numerous stories of workers who find permanent employment after being connected with companies through a temporary position. Though there are bright spot s-- and plenty of above board temp agencies -- there are firms that aren't as professional.

One staffing professional said there are companies that pack workers into vans after picking them up at disparate locations. The workers are brought to job sites and returned to the pickup locations at the end of the day. Because such workers are paid in cash, there may not be proper records of who the workers are and what jobs they are on. In the absence of such records, workers' compensation or other claims may be hard to prove, making unsafe working conditions a bigger risk.

In New Hampshire, temp agencies do have to pay a worker's compensation rate. Some regulators are pushing for stronger oversight, however, and a law that would require agencies to modify payments to match their clients. The desire is that temp workers are treated more like regular workers. In the meantime, individuals who accept any type of work should understand their legal rights and any legal document they sign.

Source: InsuranceNewsNet, "Does temp worker industry need tougher regulation?" Bob Sanders, Aug. 01, 2014

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