The acquisition by Startups.Co won't be a saving grace for many employees, either. While Zirtual is scheduled to turn its lights back on Monday, its new workforce will be made up of independent contractors, not full-time employees, according to an announcement on the site. This means they will not be eligible to receive benefits like health insurance or paid time off, like they were in their old positions.
I've said this for years, this is the new workforce: It's a lot like a really, really old one.
Job security is an illusion. You don't have it, I don't have it. We either need to demand it, or we need to go out on our own. Like, for example, the former employees...
While there are some Zirtual assistants who are interested in returning to the company, many like Boyle have said they've opted to leave or sign their own contracts directly with their clients. By signing their own contracts without the Zirtual middleman, they can keep 100 percent of the money themselves, said Daniell Wells, another contractor who is not returning to the company either.
I wish them the best of luck on their new ships.