Your Magazine Career? In The Clearance Bin At Barnes & Noble

January 3, 2009

Making it in Magazines - 2


Dear Darlings Doree and Krucoff: Guess What? You’re Both Wrong About Sheila McClear.

December 3, 2008

Which is excellent! For the aforementioned recently laid-off Miss McClear, that is. Who says? Why, the New York State Department of Labor, in its concerted two-year effort to crack down on employers who misclassify their workers as independent contractors!

To wit:

UI and Independent Contractors: If an employer-employee relationship exists, it does not matter how the relationship is described by the person engaging the services. For example, if an employer issues individuals a 1099 form rather than a W-2 form, the workers may still be considered employees. Even if the workers sign a statement claiming independent contractor status and waiving any rights as employees, or if they are required to obtain a DBA in order to work for that employer, those individuals may still be considered employees under the law. The Unemployment Insurance Law provides that no agreement by employees to waive their rights under the law is valid.” [NYDOL, itals all moi.]

The irony. Really.

[Gawker: How To Tell If You’re A Freelancer Or An Employee]


Sure, Sheila wasn’t fired. But she also wasn’t, technically, an employee. Gawker staffers are all contractors and as far as I know she will not be eligible for unemployment.


Oh, can we stop saying Sheila was fired? It’s a layoff. Read the rest of this entry »

Teddy Huffstodt Has Been Seriously Marked Down

November 10, 2008

Andycomeau-2Remember Andy Comeau from the awesome if slightly overindulgent and now-canceled HBO series Huff? He played Hank Azaria’s schizophrenic brother, Teddy.

Andycomeaukmart-3And now he’s in the new Kmart Christmas commercial! Fun times!

Guess The Confidential Job Post

March 17, 2008

Questionmark-1 “Multiple award-winning 7-day daily” is a real winner of a phrase, but nevertheless. Which Western U.S newspaper, “without question, the leading newspaper in the market,” has a 40-person newsroom and an about-to-be-fired editor?