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It's not just ACL.

I hope every single MSC employee weathers this; if salaried, they can at least file for unemployment.
At least in my state many can get unemployment if they have an income which is reported to the IRS. You do not need to be an "employee". As a Independent Contractor you are still receiving $$ and getting taxes taken out (by you if not by the "employer".)
There was an article this week in the paper encouraging anyone working in the gig economy to apply for unemployment as they think many will qualify. They have loosened the rules quite a bit. So give it a try if you can manage to get into the website which evidently keeps crashing due to the number of applicants. Even for us, if we live in a state where there are no or many fewer jobs (or we can prove the jobs are bogus such as ones wanting you to go to a store which is closed.) But certainly for those who were officially laid off it is a real possibility.
If they are ICs how can they be laid off?

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From what I heard, they are no longer ICs, because they went to employees when the company was sold.
@Sandy Shopper wrote:

From what I heard, they are no longer ICs, because they went to employees when the company was sold.

When was the company sold and who bought them?
Thanks.
Yeah, that's news to me. I was an editor for ACL and made $5 a report. I definitely did not make a living wage and it was okay for a few months during the dead of winter when driving conditions were bad (back when we had bad winters), but that's as long as I could stand it. I never heard anything about them becoming employees since then.
Even if they are employees, in my state you have to be a full-time employee to get unemployment compensation.
So they are without jobs. Maybe we were not meant to know who was employee and who was IC. I hope they all will have opportunities and/or some respite and/or some relief via the federal unemployment. What the Senate passed includes federal unemployment for [at least] some ICs. Will the House keep this when they vote? We will know soon...


@LisaSTL wrote:

If they are ICs how can they be laid off?

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Part-time employees are eligible for unemployment in most states. Regardless, it sounds like with the bill passed all those regular rules are out the window for a few months.

Equal rights for others does not mean fewer rights for you. It's not pie.
"I prefer someone who burns the flag and then wraps themselves up in the Constitution over someone who burns the Constitution and then wraps themselves up in the flag." -Molly Ivins
Never try to teach a pig to sing. It's a waste of your time and it really annoys the pig.
I believe you still have to have worked for an employer who paid into the unemployment coffers to be eligible.
@grille wrote:

I believe you still have to have worked for an employer who paid into the unemployment coffers to be eligible.

That's usually the case, but the exception for unemployment's changed temporarily (4 months?).

At the same time, even some of the gig services like Uber, Instacard, etc. are offering company-provided pay for up to two weeks, is more than generous as well, even though those that work those gigs are IC's.

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I heard from a friend who worked for them that the owner retired and sold the company to a holding company.
@Sandy Shopper wrote:

I heard from a friend who worked for them that the owner retired and sold the company to a holding company.

So, are they still a MSC?
@callinectes wrote:

It appears they laid off quite a few staff. I hope things will pick up for them on the flip side of this.

Can anyone name who is gone? Just curious, as I didn’t get any emails.
As mentioned in another thread, David Macaleese used to be the owner and CEO. He retired about a year ago. He sold the company to some holding company, and there have been a lot of changes. They are still a reliable company though in my opinion.
@JASFLALMT wrote:

Not in my state.

@ceasesmith wrote:

Nope. The bill changes the rules. Temporarily.

Keep checking with your state. I am in Michigan and it took from Friday until today for the changes to be made by the Governor's office to be included. Hopefully your state's bureaucracy just is taking a bit longer than in other states (my state also had to make some changes such as allowing you to file 2 weeks ago, automatically approving claims that were previously denied, etc.). ICs were included in the bill passed by Congress and signed into law at the end of last week.
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