I am currently employed at Binder and Binder and want to warn anyone considering working for the company or using them for your disability case.
First i'll let you know how Harry and Charles Binder treat their employees then tell you why the employees working here say we would never recommend Binder and Binder to anyone needing representation for their disability claim.
Let me start by pointing out how ironic it is that the company that is supposed to fight for it clients right for disability and continued health coverage does not provide affordable health insurance to its employees.
They do "offer" health insurance after 90 days but for a single employee the deduction per paycheck is $180.00. That is $360.00 per month out of check. With the average starting pay for the majority of the employees being $12.00 and hour that is not possible for most therefore the majority of employees do not have health insurance.
This is on top of $12.00 per paycheck union dues that you are required to pay and ofter times more is deducted "accidentally" and getting it corrected is difficult as the company has no human resources department and does not provide you with telephone numbers for anyone at the union.
As an employee you are required to work 36 hours a week in order to accrue sick or vacation pay. Therefore if you are actually sick one day before you have "earned" for the current month or need to take a few hours off for a doctors appointment or to care for a sick child then you don't "earn" any paid time off the following month.
Additionally if you call in for the day because your child is sick you will not accrue as the company policy will not pay you your sick pay unless you are actually sick and have a doctors note stating so.
This means that an employee could realistically work an entire year without earning any sick or vacation pay. This hardly seems legal but when you try to discuss it with management are told "if you don't like it then leave".
Employees are required to punch in and out on a time clock. If you ever forget to punch in or out correctly you are suspended for a day without pay. If it happens a second time you are suspended for 3 days without pay.
Three times and you are "fired".
If you punch in 1 minute after you are supposed to you are docked 15 minutes from your pay however should you work 15 minutes after your supposed to you are not paid for it.
The company does not offer performance evalutations therefore raises are only given once a year during the month of October. If you have not been employed for one year by that October you must wait the next October before you can get a raise. So if you were hired in November as I was you must wait 2 years for a 50 cent raise.
You are told as an employee that should you ever be "let go" Harry Binder will fight your unemployment insurance even if it means having to go to court and that you as the employee will lose. Also if you quit the company even in good standing they will not hire you back as a "policy".
This really isn't a problem as no one who quits ever tries to come back.
There are so many questionable policies the company practices however I will tell you what will happen to you should you decide to use the company for your disability claim.
First let it be know that Binder and Binder is considered the McDonalds of disability firms as they are all about numbers and will take pretty much any case whether it be a good one or not.
This has a negative affect on you as a client as most case workers assigned to assist in your claim have over 300 clients.
What this means to you as a client is that your case will more then likely not be worked on for months at a time. Therefore by the time a client gets scheduled for a hearing before a judge your case does not have enough evidence to win your case.
Secondly with the above mentioned horrible company policies the employee turnover is so high that you may literally have 5 or more caseworkers assigned to your case causing evidence to be lost and cases being ignored until another employee can be hired to work on your case.
This is just the beginning, I will continue this later so look for more to come soon.