But last year, in a company email, a Google manager said it appears that 16 other countries, including Brazil, Canada, Australia, and Mexico, have some form of equal treatment law in place. violations for which the company has not properly recognized and has not taken additional steps to comply with local laws.
As more and more countries introduce new regulations, Google is forced to act. In 2019, the Netherlands passed a law requiring Google’s human resources agencies to offer the same temporary benefits as the company’s permanent employees, such as sick pay, maternity and paid leave. salary, health care and stock allowance. The change affected at least seven temporary Google employees in the country.
Barry, Google’s chief compliance officer, wrote in an email to colleagues: “This is a situation we should avoid. He recommended that Google lay off all seven employees before the law goes into effect in 2020. Ultimately, Google said it has decided to hire six temporary employees for full-time positions for the remainder of the contract. copper. The other worker was let go but with three months’ salary, according to the company.
In recent years, Google has sought to cut its use of temporary workers. In 2018, it started Project Brightlight, an initiative that includes looking at whether jobs are correctly classified as part of a “reset of the labor paradigm”.
In an internal 2021 email, a Google executive said the company has shed 2,700 employees since 2018. Most of those positions are outsourced, the email said, while 750 are temporarily staffed. converted to a full-time employee.
The project also seeks to establish comparable wages for permanent employees doing similar work in the United States by 2019.
In a preliminary 2019 study to weigh the financial impact of taking this step in the United States, where Google employs more than half of its temporary workers, the company estimated that it would cost up to 52 million dollars to pay more than 4,000 temporary workers up to the minimum wage of a newly hired full-time employee.