Subcontracted in the Prisons?

  1. does anyone work for a contracted company under correctional medical services? in our state we were contracted by cms to provide mh care to the offenders and then lost that contract last year. what i am needing to find out is if cms is ultimately our employer or was the contracted employer our employer? i am asking this because we have lost 3 contracts now and everytime we lose benefits and have to start over again! am i elgible for fmla with cms even though i was "subcontracted" by cms? they ultimately decided our wages, time off, policies etc. with the subcontractors we worked for. any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated.
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  3. by   Dixiecup
    I worked in corrections for 13 years. Ten of those were for CMS. (whom by the way i don't have a lot of positive things to say) CMS was your employer.

    It must be frustrating changing contracts all the time. But the subcontracter could clean house at the beginning of the contract if they wanted to.

    Most companies will grandfather in your accumulated benefits but ultimately it is up to them.
  4. by   sirI
    Wish I could help you, docpsychrn42. When I was in correctional medicine, I was hired through CMS.

    Did you contact them (CMS) and see how this is handled? Were you hired through CMS or another entity?