I live in FL but work over the internet for a nationwide company with offices in Chicago, Atlanta, etc. I do QC (quality control), and we get paid by the document. Up until recently, have been making decent money. The job I have is supposed to bring in about 15 dollars per hour. Lately however, we have been asked to work on something called names in text, where we get 5 cents per page to code the names and 3 cents per page to qc them. So if a document has 300 pages, and we have to enter every personal and company name we find on each page, no limit. Sunday morning I worked on a 5 document batch with 5 pages, at 15 cents per page, plus 3 cents for names in text. It was 5 pages of references to an article, each page with 2 columns of paragraphs of names. There were probably 150 names on each page that had to be entered and the coder did not do it properly so I had to do it, it took 3 hours and I made 90 cents. If I wasn't upset enough about that, this morning we received an email telling us that each of those 150 names on each page had to be entered TWICE, once for the referenced work, and once with the publication the reference was in.
ie. John Malloy who wrote an article in Journal of Medicine that was referenced in the article in Psychology Today would be entered both:
Malloy, John^Journal of Medicine and Malloy, John^Psychology Today.
So that three hours I spent for 90 cents should have been 6 hours!!!
If we were private subcontractors I know the piecework rate would be legal, but since they are taking out Federal income taxes and medicare, are they bound by the minimum wage laws at all?