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The "Work Number"

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Re: The "Work Number"

In California (not sure how many other states apply) Public Employee Salary information by name is pretty routinely posted on an agencies website because of legal requirements.  The Sacramento Bee actually has a database where you can look up people.  Not just titles and ranges, but the actual amounts (including benefits) attached to names.

 


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Re: The "Work Number"


demi wrote:

In California (not sure how many other states apply) Public Employee Salary information by name is pretty routinely posted on an agencies website because of legal requirements.  The Sacramento Bee actually has a database where you can look up people.  Not just titles and ranges, but the actual amounts (including benefits) attached to names.

 



This is true in Colorado as well.  ANY public/government employee, who's salary has ANY ties to taxpayers as a source, are subject to publication. Some counties in Colorado publish all employee salaries in the local newspaper in the classified section, along with all the other legalese mumbo jumbo. 

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Re: The "Work Number"

+1

Yep part of the freedom of information act when it come to Gov and public employees 

All someone has to do is request the info in writing and pay for the copies and have access to name salary etc etc etc 

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Re: The "Work Number"

In Minnesota some of the government employee info is available through a couple of media sources for state employees.
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I truly believe I should have the right to grant/deny the release of this information. 


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Message 15 of 17
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Re: The "Work Number"

The "interesting" thing about The Work Number is it seems most businesses use it now, I would go so far as to say "all" even.  A staffing agency once told me how much it costs for employers to call and verfiy their information, a lot, and on a volume basis, too much to call for every applicant.

The most amazing part of all of this is that obviously you get nothing other than standard information, but nothing postiive nor negative such as a real reference.  Companies don't allow references anymore since they have the work number, while at the same time you have to have references to work at those exact companies that refuse to give them.

But I've had a lot of those low level now outsourced and automated office jobs, people higher up find ways around this.

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Re: The "Work Number"

I wonder if Amex uses it.  When you apply it asks your employer. I work for a national company and they use it to let people verify wage and employment history.

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