On Sunday, Web Guild spread fear around the internet by 'exposing' Google's quiet layoffs, which were said to be upwards of 10,000 employees. And Google was supposedly getting away with it through secretive loopholes that only corporate lawyers know about. They were hiring workers and not paying them benefits.
Actually, those people are called independent contractors and they knowingly enter into those agreements.
Google is reducing its contractor workforce, but it's something they've had planned for a long time. Of course, the timing of implementation couldn't be worse. Especially since contractors generally don't get unemployment benefits once terminated. Independent contractors are essentially self-employed.
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