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Monday, October 6, 2014

Google to Make Security Guards Employees, Rather Than Contractors

Looks like Google is searching for the safe side of employment status. Today's post was shared by Steven Greenhouse and comes from

In a move that could reverberate around Silicon Valley, Google plans to hire more than 200 security guards as its own employees, rather than through an outside contractor.

The guards will be eligible for the same benefits as other Googlers, including health insurance, retirement benefits, on-site medical services, leave for new parents and more.

The move comes amid rising concerns about income disparities in the San Francisco Bay Area. A think tank with ties to organized labor issued a report in August highlighting the differences in pay, benefits and working conditions between tech-company employees and service workers such as security guards, janitors and landscapers who primarily work for outside contractors.

Google’s moves on social issues can be influential. Several other Silicon Valley heavyweights, including Facebook and Apple , released details on the gender and racial composition of their workforces after Google did so in June.

“Building an in-house security team is something we are excited to do,” said a Google spokeswoman in a statement. “A year ago we in-sourced the Google security operations center and we are looking forward to making these valued positions both full- and part-time Google employees.”

Google said its contractor providing security guards, Security Industry Specialists, Inc., will continue to work with the search giant...

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