Microsoft yields to permatemps

A recent settlement between Microsoft and a group of the company’s employees may signify an important change in the nature of employment in the hi-tech sector. Microsoft is forking over $97 million to its “permatemps” — temporary workers who had stayed with the company for months or years — and has accepted that the workers were entitled to some of the same benefits as permanent employees, reports IN THESE TIMES.

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This permatemp case comes amid a growing push to increase the rights of hi-tech workers. A group of employees are currently trying to form a union in a case that’s seen as a bellwether for the industry.